2017 Player Ratings. Part II.

Updated 04/18

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Carlos Watkins- 6-6, 310, (U) 4.85, #94

NT/5-T/DT

Clemson

08/2016: I just like the way the kid plays the game. "Athletic. Fast. Explosive. Can bend. Strong," Swinney said. "There are not many people who can move like he can move at that size. I threw him a few balls and was like, 'This guy, everything's easy to him. He's just one of those guys like a Sammy Watkins where you just quickly go, 'Whoa! Okay. That's different.' You got really good players and you got guys just at another level. That's who he is." It is said that at 6-6, 310 pounds that he can do back flips.
He can be a force inside at DT, and has the speed and length to be an NFL 5-Tech. "If I need to go play end, I can do that," Wilkins said, "and still be strong enough and durable enough to play on the inside as well." He has the long tall body of an NFL 5-Tech, and can rush the edge like a stand up 4-3 D-end.

He was in a tragic car accident in 2013 where his friend died, and he was barely injured, physically. "You don’t really move forward from it," Watkins said. "It’s always going to be with you. It's a tragic incident. But I just try to use it as a motivational thing. I’m blessed to be here." He struggled mentally with the tragedy.

He struggled terribly in 2014. "I feel like the easiest thing for me to do was quit," Watkins said. "I'm not going to lie. I knew the guys ahead of me, I didn't feel like I needed to get better or I was going to be a help to the team. I kind of took a backseat. But when the time came for me, I really understood the opportunity that I had. I definitely didn't want to be passed by. It's just something that really kicked in, a worker's mentality. Some days you might not feel like it, but once you get a good workout in, you feel good about yourself." He almost quit the team in 2014.

Swinney admits he wouldn't have minded at the time. "I thought he was lazy," Swinney said. "He just kind of lost his way a little bit, lost that drive. I thought he was complacent. He got that fire back in his gut, and even though we kept encouraging him, I think he was distracted. But you have to understand what all he's been through. I think it took a toll on him." But Dabo stuck with him.

Then he started getting his mind right in 2015. "The confidence from last year was huge for him," Swinney said. "He's got his swag back. Maybe that's a better way to say it: He lost his swag. But I think he's got his swag back." He started making plays in practice.

He earned his way back to being a trusted guy. "You don’t really know how much you miss it until it’s gone," Watkins said. "Just sitting on the sidelines, even practice. They’re hitting and having fun and you’re on the sidelines wishing you were out there. It’s just a blessing to be back." He worked and worked until his freakish athleticism started popping on the field.

Football has become even more important to him. "I want to be that guy they game plan for," he said. "That's the kind of season I want. I want the team to worry about me when they step on the field." He has become that guy in 2016.

He has been playing great this season. "He had an unbelievable camp and came out of the gates and earned that first start and played well last season," Swinney said. "The wreck really affected him physical and mentally. It took us a while to get him back. He had a great summer. He’s very, very good. It worked out that he got a redshirt. It’s all in front of him." He will be a 1st Round pick.

OUTLOOK: Senior who moved into the starting lineup in 2015, making a big impact on Clemson’s nationally-ranked defense ... has 109 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 908 snaps over 38 games (15 starts) in his career ... preseason first-team All-American by Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Sporting News ... rated nation’s No. 2 preseason defensive tackle by Lindy’s.
2015: First-team All-ACC (media) ... second-team All-ACC (coaches) ... had 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 570 snaps over 15 games (14 starts) ... added eight quarterback pressures and an interception, which he returned for his first career touchdown ... posted six tackles (one for loss) in the opener against Wofford ... returned first career interception for a touchdown, a highlight of Clemson’s 41-10 win over Appalachian State ... first by an interior defensive lineman since Jock McKissic against South Carolina in 2006 ... posted a sack, in addition to making the key play on two-point conversion stop in final seconds of win over Notre Dame ... tallied five tackles, a quarterback pressure and PBU in just 18 snaps at Miami ... played well at Syracuse, logging a pair of tackles for loss ... had five tackles and half a sack at South Carolina ... had a pass breakup in ACC Championship Game against North Carolina ... had a six-yard sack against Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl ... had a tackle for loss and quarterback pressure in the National Championship Game against Alabama.
2014: Had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and four quarterback pressures in 135 snaps over 11 games ... had three tackles in 16 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had two tackles and two quarterback pressures in 17 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had one tackle for loss in six snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had two tackles in 20 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in nine snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29.

9.7

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Jamaal Williams- 5-11 3/4, 218, (O) 4.59 (4.6-4.63),10'3"Broad, 7.25 3-C,  

RB 

BYU 

11/2016: Nice hop cut. Changes direction fast. Good hands. He really is terrific running right up the gut. Big strong kid, who has that knack for finding a lane and taking it to the house. he can block. He has great on field speed. "He's not very dynamic as a runner so he needs to carve out a niche for himself as a physical backup who can go cover on kickoffs," a scout said. "He hasn't been a special teams guy but he better start." Big back with nice open field speed. He is a slasher.
2016 Senior Year:
Participated in the 2017 NFL Combine
Played in the Reese's Senior Bowl
Rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 10 games
No. 5 nationally in rushing yards per game
Six games of 100 rushing yards, including five of over 160
Set the school record in single game rushing yards with 286 yards against Toledo
Also tied a school record with five touchdowns against the Rockets
Became the all-time career rushing leader at BYU in the first overtime against Mississippi State with a 9-yard rus, passing Harvey Unga. Finished the year with 3,901 career rushing yards
Named to SI's 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team
Eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards at Cincinnati (notched 92) to be the fourth BYU player to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons at BYU after 1,233 in 2013
Named to Doak Walker Award watch list.

9.6

48

Eddie Jackson- 6', 194, #4

FS

Alabama

10/2016: He has played both Corner and Safety for Alabama. He reminds me of McCourty at Safety. Elite punt returner. Great speed to run the smaller WR down from behind. He moves from dropping deep in coverage, to slashing up to hit the RB on the second level as fast as any Safety in this Draft.

He was really impressive against Tenn. He can really come up and hit guys. He has some great speed. He also returns punts. He has some interesting speed chasing the RB down from behind. He is a lot faster than I thought. He can get from 12-yards deep as a cover two safety, past the LOS on the edge on a Toss, as fast as any FS I have ever seen.

He broke his leg against A&M, and is out for the rest of the season. "The good news is Eddie’s going to be fine," Saban said. "This is not going to be something that’s going to affect his career in any kind of way, shape or form. He’s obviously going to be out for the season, but if there’s anything that’ll heal and he won’t have problems with, it’s a broken bone." If he plays in the Senior Bowl he will be a 1st Round pick.
He was so valuable to Alabama on multiple units. "We hate losing him," Saban said. " He’s a great leader, was a really a great player for us in the secondary. He’s a great person on our team. But it’ll create an opportunity for somebody else, and hopefully they’ll be able to take advantage of it." I think I would take him over Jamal Adams. He is definitively better in coverage than Adams.

JUNIOR (2015): Made the transition to safety in the spring of 2015 and excelled in his new role ... selected to the All-SEC First Team by the conference coaches and Associated Press ... earned second team All-America honors from Walter Camp and the FWAA ... named a third team All-American by the Associated Press ... led the team in interceptions with six - two picks returned for touchdowns, a forced fumble and fumble recovery to go with his 46 tackles from the starting safety spot ... accumulated 230 return yards on his interceptions, shattering the previous all-time record of 163 by Hootie Ingram in 1952 across Ingram's 10 interceptions ... finished tied for seventh nationally and as the SEC leader for interceptions ... earned FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance at Texas A&M ... one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back ... named as one of the UA coaching staff's defensive players of the week for his efforts against Georgia and at Texas A&M. Wisconsin: Made his first start at safety, recording six unassisted tackles - tied for second on the team - and the team's first interception of the season with a return of 41 yards ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points. Middle Tennessee: Manned the starting safety position for the second straight week, finishing the home opener with three tackles and a forced fumble ... also recorded a fumble recovery to account for one of the Tide's season-high four turnovers. Ole Miss: Tallied five tackles, including a half tackle for a loss of one yard. ULM: Finished his day with one tackle against the Warhawks. Georgia: Recorded his first career interception return for a touchdown, picking off the Bulldog quarterback and returning the pass 50 yards for the score ... also added four tackles by day's end ... the pick-six was the Tide's first since 2013 ... anchored a Tide secondary that limited UGA to 106 yards passing. Arkansas: Picked off his team-high third pass of the season returning it for 20 yards ... also added three tackles by night's end. Texas A&M: Picked off two Aggie passes for 119 yards and a score ... his return yardage total was an Alabama all-time mark, surpassing Mark McMillian's 98 from 1991 ... notched returns of 26 and 93 yards, with the 93 yarder going for a score and marking the third-longest pick-six in UA history ... also added two tackles and two pass breakups to his career day ... was key in helping limit the A&M offense to a season-low 23 points. Tennessee: Recorded three tackles in limited action ... suffered a right knee injury after running into a UT offensive lineman ... injury sidelined him for nearly two quarters. LSU: Finished with two tackles on the day, including one for a loss (-5 yards) ... helped limit the Tigers to 128 yards passing and only six completions. Mississippi State: Third on the team in tackles with seven total stops, including three solos. Charleston Southern: Started and made one assisted tackle against CSU … helped limit the Buccaneers to 49 yards passing. Auburn: Made two solo tackles with one tackle for loss (-6 yards) … helped thwart the Auburn passing game and limit the Tigers to just 169 yards through the air. Florida: Helped limit the Gators to just 15 yards rushing and 180 total yards … had one tackle as the Tide only allowed Florida to complete only 37.5 percent of its passes. Michigan State: Totaled three tackles against the Spartans ... helped force the Spartan quarterback into two interceptions and a 19-for-32 day with his coverage in the secondary. Clemson: Earned Defensive MVP honors after his standout day against the Tigers ... hauled in his team-leading sixth interception of the season while adding three tackles ... jumped a route in zone coverage to pick off Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson early in the second quarter.
SOPHOMORE (2014): Penciled in to be a starter at cornerback before tearing his ACL in spring practice ... returned to game action on Sept. 6 against FAU and started 10 of 11 games at cornerback, including nine straight ... registered 41 total tackles, including two for loss (-12 yards), one sack (-11 yards), an interception (18 yards), six pass breakups, one recovered fumble (16 yards) and two forced fumbles ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors after the FAU and Mississippi State games. FAU: Tied for second on the team with four tackles ... three of his tackles were solo, including one for a loss of a yard ... also forced one fumble.

9.7X (Safety)

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Jordan Leggett-6-5, 260, 4.33 SS! 12.06 60-YS! 7.12 3-C, 33.5"A, 18 R, 33"V, 9'6"Br

TE 

Clemson 

11/2016: He scored the game winning TD at FLA ST. "Yeah, it definitely felt good and plus I had a lot of family there," Leggett said. "I think that was actually the first game my mom has seen this year. It just felt good to be back so close to home with all my friends in the stadium. To go out there and score the game-winning touchdown. It felt really good." He is such a nice blend of blocking and receiving. 
He can be a terrific weapon going down the Seam. "It was just like the last time we played them," Leggett said. " The middle of the field is always so wide open. So we were able to hit them on that last year and I guess they didn’t change anything this year, so it was just another big game for me. Two of my biggest games have come against FSU. Especially them not recruiting me is kind of like a ‘How do you like me now?’ kind of thing," It was a great seam route. 

He is another guy who seemed to be underrated coming into his senior season. "I don’t think anything’s changed, really," Leggett said. " I don’t find myself doing anything different. It’s just a matter of different defenses that we face. When we play these bigger teams they seem to have bigger corners, and whatnot, so it’s harder for us to take those easy fade outs. These bigger games, it kind of works out better for me." He has the size to be even a better blocker.

You'd like to see him a little more aggressive sometimes. "I definitely feel like I’m in a good position," Leggett said. "I’m just going to try to stay in my lane, keep my head down, and keep working. If it works out for me then it does. The national championship is my main focus, to get there and to win the game." But the talent is there.

09/2016: He has to step it up with Allen going to the NFL. "Jordan had a great day," Swinney said. "We really need for him to show up and take that next step. This is a big year for Leggett. That position has been critical to our overall success, but you’ve got to earn it." He might be a better athlete in the passing game than Allen.
They need him to help the QB down the middle this year. "He’s as talented as anybody who’s ever come through here at that position," Co-OC Tony Elliott said. "It’s now about the complete game. That’s what Dwayne Allen had, and that’s why you’re seeing him have success on Sundays. That position is hard to fill. It’s a pivotal position now in college football and it’s starting to be in the NFL." They have a lot of speed outside.
If he has a great off season, he could slip into the 2nd Round. "The good thing is that Jordan’s not scared of competition at all," Elliott said. "For him it’s an internal battle. The big thing is him seeing this opportunity and knowing that everybody is counting on him. He needs to help the other guys get ready, too. He can’t do it by himself. He needs to get those guys ready to play, too, because he needs to stay fresh." I think there is still a lot of room for him to grow.
OUTLOOK: Senior who has grown into one of the nation’s best tight ends ... always been a productive pass-catcher, but has steadily improved his blocking as a junior ... has 66 receptions for 862 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1,418 snaps over 36 games (23 starts) in his career ... preseason All-American by Athlon (first team), Lindy’s (second) and Phil Steele (third) ... rated nation’s No. 2 tight end in the preseason by Lindy’s.
2015: One of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end ... second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation ... honorable mention All-American according to Sports Illustrated ... first-team All-ACC (coaches) ... second-team All-ACC (media) ... third on the team with 40 catches for 525 yards and eight touchdowns in 892 snaps over 15 starts ... his eight touchdowns were most on the team ... 34 of his 40 catches went for first downs ... had three catches for 29 yards in win over Appalachian State ... first Tiger tight end with a touchdown reception in five consecutive games ... caught first touchdown of the season at Louisville, a 25-yard strike from Deshaun Watson on a trick formation ... followed with six-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring in win over Notre Dame ... named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... continued his fine play with a third straight game posting at least one touchdown with two in win over Georgia Tech ... named player-of-the-game offensively after four-catch performance ... caught six-yard touchdown pass against Boston College ... scored on a 34-yard pass from Watson at Miami to break the school record ... posted career highs with six catches and 101 yards against Florida State ... had four catches for 73 yards at South Carolina, several of which converted third downs ... caught seventh touchdown of the year in the first half with two seconds remaining against North Carolina, helping Tigers to the ACC Championship ... notched his eighth touchdown reception against Alabama in the National Championship Game to tie Dwayne Allen (2011) and Brandon Ford (2012) for the school single-season record by a tight end.

9.6

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Josh Reynolds- 6-3.7, 194, 6.83 3-C! (O) 4.52, 10'4"Br! 37"Vert! 4.13 SS! 

WR

A&M

03/2017: He is a JuCo kid who on played for A&M for three season. "I've had some record-breaking dudes, but Josh, talent-wise, might be the best," A&M WR coach (who also coached Mike Evans) Beaty said. "He might be the best I've ever coached." He was great last season.  

He garnered 12 TDs, 1,039 yards, on 61 catches in the SEC last season. "Josh is a guy that is capable of making the big play and the solid play every single time," Trevor Knight said. "It's a guy we love having on the outside because he's fast. He's sharp." He was a track star in high school where he did the high jump and the triple jump. 

That experience really showed in his explosion numbers at the Combine (10'4 Broad and 37" Vert for a 6-4 guy is outstanding). "He looked like a vacuum cleaner," Beaty said. "He'd suck that thing up as soon as it got to him." TMIWTMIL. 

He reminds me of Kenny Britt. "Just thinking about where I came from, and the path I had to take, is just amazing," Reynolds said. "It makes me appreciate everything that's been given to me here, and the opportunity to keep playing football in the NFL." He has excellent ball skills.
He is so good at leaping up over CBs and taking the ball. "I get all of these terms from NFL guys like, 'he has build-up speed,'" Sumlin said. "Where I come from, speed is speed. All I know is, he runs by people and he catches the ball. He'll do the same thing at the next level." He can get up to heights to snag the ball that no other WR in this Draft can reach.
Very tough kid who played through a torn labrum in his shoulder in 2014. "I think I've matured from last year and the year before," Reynolds said. "I've worked on some of the stuff I needed to work on to be able to show that I can play in the NFL." He is great at using his explosion and hands in his release off the line.

2015: Averaged a team-best 17.8 yards on 51 catches for 907 yards while seeing action in 12 of 13 games ... was suspended for the Western Carolina game ... reeled in five touchdowns, which was second best on the team ... had a 95-yard catch and run vs. Vanderbilt that tied for the second-longest reception in school history ... had at least one catch in every game he played ... had three 100-yard games -- 3 for 106 vs. Arkansas, 7 for 141 vs. Mississippi State and 3 for 105 vs. Vanderbilt ... in the bowl game against Louisville posted a career highs in receptions (11) and yards (177) ... crossed the 100 recpetion plateau becoming the 15th Aggie to post that many catches ... sits fifth in A&M history with his 18 touchdown receptions.

9.6 (OG)

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Isaac Rochell- 6-4, 290 #90

5-Tech

ND

07/2016: He reminds me of Trey Flowers. "Isaac Rochell is a beast," the ND HC Kelly said. "I mean he’s a beast. If he continues to play at this level, he’s virtually unblockable in a one-on-one situation." When he is on he seems to get in on every tackle. 
Moves inside with a purpose. "Two years with the same defense, we kind of start to understand concepts more and we can kind of get a feel for what’s going on and what he might call," Rochell said. "But he throws curveballs all the time." He is reacting instead of thinking this season.
He can burst inside the 3-gap, and power the ORG and OC straight back at the QB. "He just kind of exposes you to different moves and different things, and he helps you find what you would be best at in a pass rush," Rochell said. "The mentality of the defensive line has really changed this year. I feel we’re really just trying to be more aggressive and take over and change the game. I just think the focus right now is just getting everybody to move forward, and we’ll see where that takes us. Everybody will be a beast then." Voted team captain. He has become a leader on the line.
And, according to head coach Brian Kelly, he did it all with an aching back. "He’s had some back issues since he’s been here, and he’s been physically able to do everything [in preseason]," Kelly said. "This is the first time in two years he’s been able to squat heavy, do all the leg lifts, do all the things that’s necessary to be explosive. So I see him being a great leader for us and then having the kind of strength to maintain that throughout the year. He had the tendency to drop body weight and maybe get a little bit worn down during the season. He looks really good right now." He is an all out all the time guy.
He is a little undersized, like Sheldon Day. "I think the expectation is to be the best in the country," Rochell said. "I don’t see why we couldn’t be. Like I mentioned earlier, the thing that would hurt us is just the lack of confidence. But we have the ability and we have the depth this year to be the best in the country, so that’s what the expectation is." Nice inside rusher on 3rd down. 
He gets up field low and fast. "There were games, one game I think I took 90 snaps," Rochell said. "That’s a lot, and if you do that consistently, it really adds up. I don’t know if [I was] running on fumes. It was more like it’s been a long season with a lot of snaps, and you have to focus more on recovery toward the end of the season." All out all the time guy. 
Uses his hands well when he has to change direction in the rush. "I don’t think I've had trouble pass-rushing or getting off of a block, it's just a matter of finishing," Rochell said. "When I start to do that, then it will become complete and more productive. A lot of it is just burst. That’s something we’ve not done in the past, just been like on fire to get there." He can get tossed around sometimes by the OG. 

Great inside move to hit the QB clean off his feet. "You just have to play with a motor," Rochell said. "You have to know I’m going to beat this man, and as soon as I do I’m going to get there. The biggest thing is in that five yards between beating the [blocker] and the quarterback, you’ve got to get there, because you only have two-and-a-half seconds." Relentless in the rush.

He does a nice job finding the ball. Not as physically talented as Jones, but better instincts for finding the ball. Nice job bursting into the backfield and tackling the RB. He is great at blasting off inside and disrupting everything. He is great at bursting inside on the stunt, and hitting the RB. He will line up at DE as well. He can find the scrambling QB on the second level.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Has started 25 of the 26 games over the last two seasons ... played on the defensive line in all 13 games and started 12 ... did not start vs. UMass (Sept. 26) ... fifth on the Irish and tops among all defensive linemen in tackles with 63 ... his 63 tackles were the most by a Notre Dame defensive lineman since Trevor Laws had 112 in 2007 ... fourth on the team with seven and a half tackles for loss ... added seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one sack ... registered at least a half of a TFL in nine of the 13 games ... recorded a season-high seven tackles at Virginia (Sept. 12) and then matched that sum at Clemson (Oct. 3) ... lone sack of the season came against USC (Oct. 17), part of a six-tackle performance against the Trojans with 1.5 TFLs and a pass breakup ... broke up a pass while making six tackles in the win at No. 21 Temple (Oct. 31) ... recorded five tackles apiece vs. Georgia Tech (Sept. 19) and Ohio State (Jan. 1).

9.5

80

Jaleel Johnson- 6-3, 310, RS-Sr, 

DT

Iowa 

11/2016: I would be shocked if he made it out of Day Two. "t was our biggest conference game," Johnson's high school coach Chris Andriano said. "He took a guard on in a passing play. He basically lifted him right off the ground, put him on his backside and the quarterback could not leave the pocket because of outside rush contain that we had, and he just buried the quarterback. It was like, 'Whoa, did we just see what we just saw?'" But he has been a bit of a forgotten man this year.
He was named 1st team All-Big 10 team this year. "He was a really, tough, aggressive, mean-streak type of player," Andriano said. "He was just able to channel that into football." He dominated inside all season.
He had 7.5 Sacks and 10 TFL, which is very good for a DT. "It came down to the system," Johnson said. "I feel at Iowa, we’re more family-based here. I didn’t really see that in other programs. They really stick with you from freshman year until you’re 55, 65 years old. It’s that family bond that they have here that makes this place so special." He kept getting better all season.
His safety against Michigan was one of the highlight of the entire college football season. "He can move people around, close some gaps," Iowa LB Josey Jewell said. "If he plays amazing, we have a good chance to win." If the Pats lose a DT or two this offseason, they won't pass on him in the 2nd round. He reminded me of Malcolm Brown this season.

When he digs in, he cannot be moved out. "He didn’t even know his own strength or his own power," Andriano said. 'He was pretty much unblockable. You had to use two guys to account for him. He was quick in small, short spaces. He was devastating and then he was athletic enough to chase things down." He owns the OC.
He has al lot of character. "Off the field, he was really a gentleman, a considerate, respectful kid," Andriano said. "His on-the-field demeanor was extremely aggressive. He was a tough kid in every sense of the word, mentally and physically." He really started hassling QBs a lot more this season. Before that I thought he was more of a pure NT type. But he really got upfield and hit the QB this season.

9.6(NT)

83

Wayne Gallman- 6-1/2", 215, 

RB

Clemson 

01/2017: - He is much more physical at the end of the season than in the beginning. He is great in short yardage and goal line. He was a lot bigger and stronger at the end of the season. It would not surprise me if he is 210 to 215. Terrific job using a straight arm to knock defenders down and then hopping over their arms. Elite runner on the goal line.

"A lot of backs do some pretty things with their footwork and it gets people excited and then you find out they aren't tough enough. Give me a guy who can bang like Gallman and let the coaches put him in a position to succeed."

11/2016: I like the way he weaves behind blockers and seems to get the most out of every carry. I like the way he finds holes on the draw. He can head towards to OC, and cut to either side outside either OG with his great vision and lateral burst. Nice lead blocker on QB Draws. He can get to the second level and take out the RB. He is so good at bursting through the O-line. He finds those crack and consistently gets to the second level. He hits those holes with speed. He runs with nice speed. 

Career: Left Clemson after three seasons as one of the school's most decorated and productive running backs in history ... produced 3,429 rushing yards on 676 carries, with 34 touchdowns over 42 games (37 starts) ... added 65 career receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns ... broke Raymond Priester’s single-season school record for rushing yards in 2015, and Priester’s career record for 100-yard rushing games in 2016 ... achieved 100 or more yards in 17 games ... Clemson was 17-0 in those contests ... finished his career third in Clemson history in rushing touchdowns and fifth in rushing yards.

9.65

(RB) 

88

Samaje Perine- 5-10, 235, #32

RB

Oklahoma

09/2016: He got injured against Houston. "Samaje, actually, in the first series, had hurt a muscle in his shoulder and was continuing to play with it and then got hit with the big hit on the same spot," Stoops said. "It just kind of made it worse. He’ll be fine. There isn’t anything structurally wrong." There is nothing athletically that he struggles with.

He is a bruising runner who set the all-time single season rusher record as a freshman. "It really can't [believe it]. It's still surreal," Perine said. "I'm not really feeling special in any type of way. I was just looking to do what I had to do to help this team win." He broke the record against Kansas in the 4th quarter.

Humble kid who told Stoops they could take him out of the blow out game against Kansas, when he heard he was close to breaking the record (408-yards just accomplished by Melvin Gordon). He said the record didn't matter. As the legend goes, his O-linemen heard that and stepped in and said it does matter. So they put him back in, and on his first carry he broke off a 42-yard run that gave him 427-yards on the day.

08/2016: He is a weight room junkie. "The first week we were working out and training, and you saw him lift and run," Stoops said. "Then you see that strength and that ability to train and run the way he does, and you see the weights he is lifting and pushing around, you knew how powerful he was." Old school coaches are going to love this kid.

Whenever anyone talks about him they always start with weight room strength. "You could tell when he first got here that his high school coaches did a great job," Director of sport enhancement Jerry Schmidt said. "They emphasized how important it is to be strong. He opened everybody's eyes, even our upperclassmen. He's just a real humble guy and doesn't say anything. It's almost scary. He just works and you don't even really know he's in the room. Russell Dennison, one of my assistants, works him out and has a really good relationship with him. They're going along and they're putting weight on the bar and Samaje just gives him that look like, 'Is this all you're putting on here?' And it's all the time. You never see the guy get tired. Normally a guy has a weakness, whether it's upper body or pulling sleds or whatever it may be. But he doesn't have any. He just gives you that look like, 'What's next?' Reminds me of another guy we had here named Adrian Peterson." 
He lost his two starting O-tackles to the NFL this spring. "It's easy to block for somebody like that," Tyrus Thompson said. "You know if you create the hole, he'll find it." He will not be getting the same blocking he got last season. 
Freakishly strong. "He's probably the strongest person on the team, and that includes the offensive linemen," his center Ty Darlington said. "We outweigh him by a lot but he might bench press more than all of us. I remember watching him play at the West Virginia game and he got through the line and it was a decently blocked play. There was a defensive back and a linebacker that just hit him in the leg and just bounced off. That's what opened our eyes like, 'Wow.' You're not bringing him down with just one guy. If he wasn't playing football, he'd probably be swinging a sledgehammer on a railroad. I got to swing a pick axe with him in Haiti breaking up some concrete and I was in awe." He will need every bit of strength this season. 
Smooth runner who runs real low. "First of all, you don't find a kid that age who looks like a grown man," Baker Mayfield said. "He looks like he's about 40. And then you put him in a weight room and he looks like he's in the world lifting championships. He's a freak. He plays around and tries to be gentle, but he's not very gentle. He doesn't know his own strength. He'll try to rub your neck and your shoulders and it hurts really badly. He needs to calm down." He is a bit straight-linish.
He cuts behind his blockers very well. "I've seen him run over multiple people in practice and not even trying to do it, either," FB Dimitri Flowers said. "It just happens because of how big he is and how strong he is. I think some of the defensive players are afraid of him. I think a lot of them are, but they just won't admit it." Huge thick thighs and legs. 
Nice receiver out of the backfield. "His strength is very impressive," ex- OK LB Striker said. "At the age of 15, he was 34. He's a strong man, a very, very strong man. I don't know where he came from. It's got to be a gift from God to be so strong like that at 18 or 19 years old. I just don't understand." He can take the huge hit and hold on. 

9.7 (RB)

89

Desmond King- 5-10, 201, 6.67 3-C! 4.18 SS! 11.57 60-YS, 34"V, 9'9"Br, 31"A, 14 Reps

CB/FS

Iowa 

08/2016: Great athlete. "He’s such a great athlete, with such a natural instinct for the game and where to be," his QB CJ Beathard said. "I go against him all the time. All spring it was, 'OK, Des is over there, I’m not big on that matchup right now. I’ll play away from him.' I've realized that. I think teams are starting to realize that as well." Great production. 

Great team leader. "What’s really kicked in is his experience," Ferentz said. "He also has a better understanding of how to take that experience and make it work better for him." He was the most underrated player in college football last year. 

He had 8 INTs last season to led the NCAA. "It’s a blessing," King said. "To know you can get the ball in your hands and escape a lot of people." Including a pick six that he took back 88-yards against Maryland.

01/2016: He is tied for the most INTs in the FBS with eight. "It’s just a natural instinct to me to have a knack for the ball, I guess. It's all about getting in good position. Every time I turn my head, the ball is there," King said. "I’m just a ballplayer. I'm an athlete who’ll do whatever I can to help the team. " He obviously has great instincts. He is one of those guys who is a little short, but not small. "Quite frankly, I thought he might be a safety," coach Ferentz said. "That was my professional opinion, which shows you what I know. But he had great ball skills and was very, very productive. In retrospect, maybe that was more telling than we gave it credit for" He is well built, or more accurately square built with broad shoulders.
When starting CB Jordan Lomax got injured in 2013, King got the surprise call up. "For a guy three months out of high school, that was pretty impressive," coach Ferentz said. "And then he played very well out there, too. One thing about recruiting evaluations is that you’re never 100 percent. I certainly wasn’t on that one. I figured he would be a safety. He proved us wrong on that one. I’m glad he’s playing corner." He has started every game since. You have to like him. He is so tough and aggressive. "His performance kind of leveled off. The thing you hope for every player, whether it’s high school or the NFL, is that they improve as they go on. He didn’t play badly last year [2014]. It was just OK. Solid, maybe that’s a better descriptive word. He didn’t really see that incline," coach Ferentz said. "What's really kicked in is his experience. He also has a better understanding of how to take that experience and make it work better for him." But he sure saw that incline this past season. I don't know what he'll run at the Combine, but I love the way he moves on the field. "He’s such a great athlete," Iowa QB Beathard said. "With such a natural instinct for the game and where to be. I go against him all the time. All spring it was, 'OK, Des is over there, I’m not big on that matchup right now. I’ll play away from him.' I’ve realized that. I think teams are starting to realize that as well." They sure are.

2015: Tied Iowa single-season record with eight interceptions (Lou King, 1981 and Nile Kinnick, 1939) . . . ranked second in the nation with eight interceptions, including two each vs. Pitt and Wisconsin . . . 88-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Maryland ties as seventh longest in school history . . . Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . Jim Thorpe national Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . tied for ninth in the Big Ten with three interceptions in 2014 . . . one of four true freshmen to see action in 2013 . . . started at cornerback in win over Missouri State, becoming first true freshman to start in defensive secondary since 2002 . . . 69 tackles were most by a Big Ten freshman in 2013 . . . tied for team lead with three interceptions in 2014. 

9.7 (Speed)

118

Jordan Leggett-6-5, 260, 4.33 SS! 12.06 60-YS! 7.12 3-C, 33.5"A, 18 R, 33"V, 9'6"Br

TE 

Clemson 

11/2016: He scored the game winning TD at FLA ST. "Yeah, it definitely felt good and plus I had a lot of family there," Leggett said. "I think that was actually the first game my mom has seen this year. It just felt good to be back so close to home with all my friends in the stadium. To go out there and score the game-winning touchdown. It felt really good." He is such a nice blend of blocking and receiving. 
He can be a terrific weapon going down the Seam. "It was just like the last time we played them," Leggett said. " The middle of the field is always so wide open. So we were able to hit them on that last year and I guess they didn’t change anything this year, so it was just another big game for me. Two of my biggest games have come against FSU. Especially them not recruiting me is kind of like a ‘How do you like me now?’ kind of thing," It was a great seam route. 

He is another guy who seemed to be underrated coming into his senior season. "I don’t think anything’s changed, really," Leggett said. " I don’t find myself doing anything different. It’s just a matter of different defenses that we face. When we play these bigger teams they seem to have bigger corners, and whatnot, so it’s harder for us to take those easy fade outs. These bigger games, it kind of works out better for me." He has the size to be even a better blocker.

You'd like to see him a little more aggressive sometimes. "I definitely feel like I’m in a good position," Leggett said. "I’m just going to try to stay in my lane, keep my head down, and keep working. If it works out for me then it does. The national championship is my main focus, to get there and to win the game." But the talent is there.

09/2016: He has to step it up with Allen going to the NFL. "Jordan had a great day," Swinney said. "We really need for him to show up and take that next step. This is a big year for Leggett. That position has been critical to our overall success, but you’ve got to earn it." He might be a better athlete in the passing game than Allen.
They need him to help the QB down the middle this year. "He’s as talented as anybody who’s ever come through here at that position," Co-OC Tony Elliott said. "It’s now about the complete game. That’s what Dwayne Allen had, and that’s why you’re seeing him have success on Sundays. That position is hard to fill. It’s a pivotal position now in college football and it’s starting to be in the NFL." They have a lot of speed outside.
If he has a great off season, he could slip into the 2nd Round. "The good thing is that Jordan’s not scared of competition at all," Elliott said. "For him it’s an internal battle. The big thing is him seeing this opportunity and knowing that everybody is counting on him. He needs to help the other guys get ready, too. He can’t do it by himself. He needs to get those guys ready to play, too, because he needs to stay fresh." I think there is still a lot of room for him to grow.
OUTLOOK: Senior who has grown into one of the nation’s best tight ends ... always been a productive pass-catcher, but has steadily improved his blocking as a junior ... has 66 receptions for 862 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1,418 snaps over 36 games (23 starts) in his career ... preseason All-American by Athlon (first team), Lindy’s (second) and Phil Steele (third) ... rated nation’s No. 2 tight end in the preseason by Lindy’s.
2015: One of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end ... second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation ... honorable mention All-American according to Sports Illustrated ... first-team All-ACC (coaches) ... second-team All-ACC (media) ... third on the team with 40 catches for 525 yards and eight touchdowns in 892 snaps over 15 starts ... his eight touchdowns were most on the team ... 34 of his 40 catches went for first downs ... had three catches for 29 yards in win over Appalachian State ... first Tiger tight end with a touchdown reception in five consecutive games ... caught first touchdown of the season at Louisville, a 25-yard strike from Deshaun Watson on a trick formation ... followed with six-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring in win over Notre Dame ... named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... continued his fine play with a third straight game posting at least one touchdown with two in win over Georgia Tech ... named player-of-the-game offensively after four-catch performance ... caught six-yard touchdown pass against Boston College ... scored on a 34-yard pass from Watson at Miami to break the school record ... posted career highs with six catches and 101 yards against Florida State ... had four catches for 73 yards at South Carolina, several of which converted third downs ... caught seventh touchdown of the year in the first half with two seconds remaining against North Carolina, helping Tigers to the ACC Championship ... notched his eighth touchdown reception against Alabama in the National Championship Game to tie Dwayne Allen (2011) and Brandon Ford (2012) for the school single-season record by a tight end.

9.5

119

Montae Nicholson- 6-2.3, 212, (O) 4.42, 10'5" Broad! 35" Vert,

SS

Mich ST

01/2017: He is a little tight hipped. He can high point the ball. Nice bail. He showed himself to be one of the top size speed athletes at the Combine.  If you need a strong safety he is a guy that I liked, but him running a 4.42 is unbelievable. 

He should come right in and make an instant impact on special teams. "He's more of a box safety and he's running a 4.43," Mayock said. "He's got some hip stiffness, some [COD] stuff. But he's a tough kid, will hit, will play on special teams. You imagine him as a gunner and a jammer?" He will make any team that takes him.

This guy is half a linebacker, who I never would have guessed would run under a 4.5. This cache of DBs is going to change the NFL. I'm starting to wonder if it is going to hurt some of the free agent DBs. Do you give big money to a free agent DB when the DayTwo DBs in this Draft are starting to look like they could be better than last year's 1st Round DBs. He is another guy whose speed shocked me. He is a FS at 212-pounds, who can lay the wood to RBs. I thought he was a box safety, but that speed is incredible. 

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner recorded 200 tackles (109 solo, 91 assists), four interceptions (70 return yards), four pass break-ups, 4.5 tackles for loss (8 yards), three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 38 career games, including 23 starts.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games, including 10 starts at safety . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award for defense . . . finished second on the team with a career-high 86 tackles, which ranked second among Big Ten defensive backs and 16th overall in the conference (7.8 avg.) . . . led team in production points throughout the entire season . . . had four double-digit tackle outings led by career-best 17 stops vs. BYU, the most by a Spartan since Eric Smith had 19 against Notre Dame on Sept. 18, 2004 . . . shared team-high honors with eight stops at No. 8 Penn State . . . logged a game-high 13 tackles vs. No. 2 Ohio State . . . after missing the game at Illinois with an injury, returned to action and starting lineup vs. Rutgers, snaring first interception of season to go with posting four tackles; earned Spartans' Defensive Player of the Week accolades . . . notched four tackles against No. 2 Michigan . . . tallied three tackles at Maryland . . . logged game-best 13 tackles vs. Northwestern for his second straight game with double-digit tackles; led defense in production points for third game in a row with season-high 27 . . . registered career-best 17 tackles against BYU, the most by a Spartan since Sept. 18, 2004 when Eric Smith tallied 19 vs. Notre Dame, also tying career high with one tackle for loss . . . led entire defense with 25 production points against the Cougars . . . registered defensive-high 21 production points at Indiana, notching five tackles . . . was second among both defensive backs and overall defense with 26 production points in Wisconsin game, ranking second on team with 10 tackles . . . logged three tackles and one fumble recovery at No. 18 Notre Dame; finished with 19 production points, tops among the defensive backs and second on the defense . . . recorded six tackles with two pass break-ups vs. Furman, earning Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week honors after posting 16 production points to tie for top production points by a defensive back.

9.5 

120

Jarron Jones- 6-6, 316, RS-SR, S-1.84, (O) 5.33, 35 1/2" Arm, 22 Reps, 20.5"Vert, 

DT/NT

ND 

Combine: He reminds me of Alan Branch, as a big 6-6 Nose tackle. He has his massive strength and power right in the middle of the line. It is easy to see him as a DT or 5-Tech, but he played on the Nose for ND last season, like Branch did for the Pats. He plays a little high, but it worked for him. He will have to play lower in the NFL. He is a planet guy, like Branch. Great heavy hands. He knocked the bags back the furthest in stack and shed drill. Not very good reaction in space drill. Better reaction on second attempt in COD space drill. He blocked 6 kicks. Giant wingspan that he uses to disrupt QBs when he leaps up in front of them, as they try to throw, with his wings up. Excellent instincts inside. 

11/2016: His performance against Miami was the best defensive performance by any defender this season. "If he's explosive and he gets off the ball, there's really no worries about how to play this game up front," ND HC Brian Kelly said. “You just need to be explosive. We're not going to get into a read-react thing with him. He's a big fella, and he makes all his plays being explosive. So the best way not to get cut is to blow your guy up. That's kind of what we're talking to Jarron about, and he kind of likes that right now." He was only the 23rd player in the history of college football to garner over 8 TFLs in one game.

Then he doesn't start the next week. "It was one of the more dominating performances with our front four in a long time," Kelly said. He seems to be suffering from a couple of unnamed leg injuries. "We'll find out, we'll find out," Kelly said. "I think he wants to play a lot this week and we've got Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and see what happens." He missed most of 2015 with injuries.

He has to stay healthy "It really is a whole different animal relative to the option," Kelly said. "He's got a job to do, and he can’t be the kind of force he was in a traditional offensive set because he’s got to play gap and he has a responsibility. If they choose to run triple option, even if he’s a force and he’s destroying his guy and he’s getting upfield, they are going to pull the ball and work the ball out to the perimeter. So you could take a Jarron Jones out of the game, even if he’s being disruptive, and so it really neutralizes players like him and when you play a team like Navy." ND cannot win without him on the field. 

He has become the biggest mystery of the college season, and the Draft. "His consistency has really shown itself this year more so than any other year," Kelly said. "Here's a guy that has completed his degree and has achieved a lot but knows there's more for him out there. I'm sure he wants to continue to play at the next level, and he has to show a consistency. That's been our conversation for him." He is a 5th year Senior.
He has gotten so much stronger in his time at ND. "He's a lot more focused in the way he comes to practice," Kelly said. "He's much more mature and professional in the way he's come to handle his work and preparation." He has learned to watch film and anticipate were the ball is going.
Now he just wants to win. "We have a streak of going to bowl games (six consecutive seasons), and finishing with a winning record, that's a thing we're trying to do," Jones said. "Even though the ball isn't in our court with our record being what it is, we're trying to show that we are capable of fighting back." He has shown that he can fight back, now he just needs consistency and health.

SENIOR SEASON (2015): Suffered a torn MCL in August that resulted in knee surgery that left him out of action until bowl practices...returned to the lineup for the Irish in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State (Jan. 1)...pressured Buckeyes' quarterback J.T. Barrett into a third quarter interception that eventually led to an Irish touchdown.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played and started on the defensive line in each of the first 11 games ... suffered a season-ending foot injury in the first quarter vs. Louisville (Nov. 22) and did not play at USC (Nov. 29) or vs. LSU (Dec. 30) ... tied Sheldon Day for the most tackles by an Irish defensive lineman with 40 ... tied for second on the team with seven and a half tackles for loss ... had at least a half tackle for loss in each of Notre Dame's first three games ... registered three tackles, two solo, and a half sack against Rice (Aug. 30) ... also recorded a quarterback hurry vs. the Owls ... recorded six tackles, including three solo stops, one for loss, and forced a fumble in the victory over Michigan (Sept. 6) ... registered three tackles, including a half sack, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) ... blocked an extra point attempt (his third career blocked kick) and made a pair of tackles in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) ... registered an assisted tackle in the 17-14 victory over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ... collected five tackles, two quarterback hurries and blocked an extra-point attempt in the 50-43 victory over North Carolina (Oct. 11) ... attacked No. 2 Florida State's offensive line on Oct. 18, recording three tackles for loss among his six total stops ... also had a pass pressure against Jameis Winston ... the Seminoles went three and out on each of the three possessions that Jones collected a TFL ... collected five tackles, including four solo stops, in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) ... lone tackle in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) was a three-yard TFL ... equaled his career high with seven tackles against Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... added a PBU and TFL against the Wildcats as well ... shared a sack with Isaac Rochell against Louisville (Nov. 22) before leaving the game with a season-ending foot injury.

 

9.7X 

(experience)

121

Joe Williams- 5-11 3/4, 218, (O) 4.41! SS 4.19! 6.94 3-Cone! 10'5"B, 35"V, 

RB

Utah

04/2017: He is such an interesting prospect. That 4.42 was great number for him that made a lot of sense. He was almost 220-pounds and almost ran in the 4.3s, and was top five in the Short Shuttle. He brought that speed and quickness to the field. When he got a lane he was gone. He has such great burst and explosion. Great short area burst. Great lateral burst. Great outside speed. You blink and this guy is gone.

He will drop in the Draft because of fumbles. He has to improve ball security. He dropped 8-pounds from the Combine and ran a terrific sub-7.00 3-Cone Drill at 210-pounds. NFL teams are whacked sometimes. They question Williams Character, because he was essentially booted by the Utah coaches, and agreed not to play for them. But when they asked him he jumped at the opportunity. But then the take a guy accused of rape two days before the Draft. He reminds me of Warrick Dunn.

He is a guy who has a lot of tread left on his tires. He was a back up for three seasons, and only became a starter last season after he left the team, and was asked back after all the other RBs got injured. He was one of the elite RBs in college football last season that no one saw coming. His speed and burst is going to make him successful in the NFL. He is a willing blocker in pass pro. Not a strong blocker, but will shove the blitzer and keep chasing him as he goes up field. Doesn't quit blocking when gets beat.

UTAH: Averaged 99.2 yards rushing in his career … school record-holder for single-game rushing yards (332) and single-season rushing average (156.3) … eight 100-yard rushing games in 19 total career games played.
2016: Rushed for 1,407 yards in just nine games (all starts) … set the school record for rushing yards per game (156.3) … 156.3 yards per game would have ranked second in the nation and first in the Pac-12 had he played in the minimum 75% of the games required for inclusion in the rankings … 1,407 rushing yards ranks fourth in school history … honorable mention All-Pac-12 … led Utah in carries (210), net yards (1,407), yards per rush (6.7), rushing touchdowns (10), all-purpose yards (1,514) and all-purpose yards per game (168.2) … initially retired from the sport on Sept. 13 only to return to the team on Oct. 11 after injuries struck the running back corps … six 100-yard games: 332 vs. UCLA, 222 vs. Indiana, 181 vs. Arizona State, 179 vs. Oregon State, 172 vs. Washington, 149 vs. Oregon … two 200-yard games tied the school single-season record … AP honorable mention All-Bowl team and Foster Farms Bowl MVP … Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week vs. UCLA after rushing for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries (11.4 yards per carry) … 332 rushing yards vs. UCLA ranked second in the NCAA FBS in 2016 and was the fourth-best single-game rushing mark in Pac-12 history (also the best in school history and the first 300-yard game by a Ute) … four rushing touchdowns against the Bruins tied the school record … 82-yard touchdown run against Arizona State was the fourth-longest run from scrimmage all-time at Utah … eight receptions for 51 yards against Oregon … career-high 58 yards receiving came on one catch vs. Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl … 278 all-purpose yards vs. the Hoosiers … played in the East-West Shrine Game.

9.5 

122

Avery Gennesy-6-3.5, 318, 33.5"A, 24 R, S-1.92, 20"V, 7'7" Br, 8.08 3-C! 5.0 SS,(O)5.35

OL

A&M 

12/2016: Nice job of grabbing the D-end and bending him inside with upper body strength, and stone him when they run outside of him. He is strong as an ox. Great feet. He looks a little slow in his kickslide, but he never lets guys turn on his outside shoulder. Once he gets his big mitts on guys they are done He is just so strong. 

"It’s a high standard. Germain [Ifedi] probably said it last year, but I’m going to say it again," Gennesy said. "There’s a high standard coming from A&M with the linemen. You want to be perfect. You want to have perfection each and every day. You want to get better each and every day. If you’re not doing that, there’s a problem."

I'm not sure he is an OLT in the NFL. "He's unique because he's athletic and has great feet," a scout said. "But his hips are stiff. He's not strong enough to play guard and his anchor could get quarterbacks hit too much." But I am sure he can play OLG in the NFL.

"I see myself wherever a team needs me to play, left tackle, left guard, center," Gennesy said. "That’s something I’ve been working on at my training facility, every position so I can be prepared for each position if I go into training camp or whenever a team needs me to play."

Alabama: He did a nice job against Jonathon Allen in the Run. He got into him and sealed him outside. Very quick feet in slide, but he can lose control of the slide sometimes. Plays with nice balance and strength moving backwards. Picks up the blitzing OLB in pass pro so well that he makes it look easy outside. Reed seemed to be the only edgerusher who was strong enough to bother him in the rush. He is a best blocking down on the DT. He played much better than I thought he would against Alabama.

"That I’m very athletic," Gennesy said. "That I can move and I can play different positions. I can come out of a three-point stance because I was in the spread a lot. I can kick-step. I will do everything little thing I can to show them I can play ball."

Proday: OT Avery Gennesy (6-3 1/4, 314) ran the 40 in 5.40 and 5.52 seconds, had a 25-inch vertical, a 7-11 broad jump, a 4.88-second short shuttle, a 7.76 three-cone, and went through position drills.

"I’ve heard that before. For me it’s not about keeping up [with the past four 1st Round O-Tackles from A&M]," Gennesy said. "It’s about whatever a team needs, it needs. If I get picked in the first or the last round, it doesn’t matter as long as I get an opportunity to show my skill and do what I need to do I’ll be fine."

9.8 (RB)X

123

John Johnson- 6', 208, 6.72 3-C! 4.18 SS! (O)4.61, 37"Vert!  9'11"Br, 32"Arm, 14 Reps

FS

BC

01/2017: Very rough and tough manned up on big tight ends. "There is definitely pressure but I like it," Johnson said. "I know that my teammates are counting on me to get the guy on the ground if they get to me. I never want to let my teammates down so that extra pressure works for me and I've enjoyed it." Named team captain. 

He was given the Jay McGillis Award for leadership, which is the most coveted award at BC. "Once I saw the award, I knew I wanted it," Johnson said. "When I was a freshman I saw Ted Davenport win it and he was a great kid. Right then I knew it was a great honor. It is an award of character, so getting the opportunity to be recognized as a guy with high character meant a lot to me." He is a terrific Cover Two Safety. 

He can hold his position when covering tight ends, and jump over their shoulder to knock the ball out. He played a lot of Cover One at BC, and was able to get from sideline to sideline. Great leader of the secondary at BC. He played CB at BC as well. He can step up into the slot and cover the slot guy, whether it is a WR, TE, or RB.

2016 (SENIOR): Started all 13 games at free safety … second on the Eagles with 77 total tackles, and first with 56 unassisted stops … led the team with three interceptions, racking up 47 return yards … notched 2.5 tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack, nine pass breakups, two fumbles recovered and one forced … tied for third in the ACC with three interception returns and ranked ninth with 0.92 pass breakups per game … part of the defense that ranked on eight top 10 lists, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27) … forced a fumble and tallied seven tackles against Georgia Tech (Sept. 3) … set a career high with three pass breakups and registered four tackles against Massachusetts (Sept. 10) … nabbed first interception of the season at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17) while tallying eight tackles ... recorded five tackles, including first tackle for a loss of the season, in the win against Buffalo (Oct. 1) ... recovered first fumble of the season and added four tackles in the loss against Clemson (Oct. 7) ... tallied a team-high eight tackles in the win at NC State (Oct. 29) ... recorded second interception and added a fumble recovery against Louisville (Nov. 5) ... tallied a nine tackles in the win at Wake Forest (Nov. 26) and added a third interception and first sack of the season … recorded a career-high 12 tackles to lead both defenses in the Eagles’ Quick Lane Bowl victory over Maryland (Dec. 26), notching 11 solo stops … also had two pass breakups in the game.

9.6

124

Julie'n Davenport- 6-7, 318, 36.5"Arm! 18 Reps,  27"V, 8'9"Br, 7.57 3-C, 4.69 SS,

OT

Bucknell

01/2017: Needs to get stronger. He cannot play OLT in the NFL, yet. He needs a year or two to develop. "From what I’ve been told, I have pretty good athleticism for a guy my size and I know that’s a big help." Davenport siad. "I have a pretty good mind for the game, a good football IQ. I know how teams work and what happens if certain aspects of the defense play out. I’m physical and love to play. I don’t want to be beat in any rep, I’m always going hard." He has the long arms and showed up at the Senior Bowl over 6-6. 

Very quick feet. But he doesn't know how to use them yet. Needs to learn how to kickslide. "He's really learned the art of humility, and I think it goes back to his home," Susan said. "He doesn’t say much, but when he says something, people listen. To be a junior captain with the players voting on it and then to repeat that as a senior. That says a lot." He gets pushed up too high, and will loose his balance and get pulled to the ground. 

Nice power step. Needs to use his hands better. "We stayed with him and things worked out, and he’s a four-year starter and a very good person and player," Susan said. "He has really polished his craft and he’s a much better run blocker now.  He’s really mastered the ability to play with his hips low to deal with that buzzsaw kind of guy, the 6-foot, 290-pound guy that’s hard to deal with." He kept his hands thin like flippers at the Senior Bowl. How do you grab shirt with your fingers squeezed together? 

Very interesting prospect who has the quicks and long arms to handle speed, which you have to have to play OLT in the NFL. He is not strong enough, and doesn't play with enough balance yet. But stronger legs increase balance as well. He is a developmental OLT, but you do not want him protecting the QB's blindside as a rookie. He minimally needs a redshirt. He can give up the inside much to quickly when he over slides.

Career: Two-year team captain ... three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection ... Second Team All-Patriot League (2013) ... three-time Preseason All-Patriot League ... Second Team STATS FCS All-American (2015).
2016 (Senior): Earned First Team All-America honors from four organizations (AFCA, Associated Press, STATS, Walter Camp) ... first Bison with four All-America honors in same season since Bryce Robertson in 2011 ... team captain for a second straight year ... named to Walter Payton Award Watch List ... First Team All-Patriot League selection ... named a Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports ... STATS FCS Preseason All-American First Team ... Preseason All-Patriot League ... earned invitation to play in Senior Bowl ... named FCS Collegiate Player of the Year by the Brooks Irvine Club of South Jersey ... earned team's Tom Gadd Coaches' Award and Captains Award ... started all 11 games at left tackle ... only member of senior class to start all 44 games from 2013-16.

9.6

(Small School)

125

Amba Etta-Tawo- 6-1, 208, (O) 4.49, 6.95 3-C, 4.32 SS, 10'6"Br, 31"V, 32" , 14 Reps  

WR

Syracuse

07/2016: Nice burst outside. "I just want to solidify the fact that I'm a speed threat down the field to play the ball," Etta-Tawo said. "But also show some other things that I've been working on in the offseason such as top of the route, creating separation, releases, stacking the DB right off the line and things like that." He can beat the CB inside with a quick release.

Great quicks in pattern. "I kind of go with the next play mentality," he said. "Once a play is over with, you can't ever get it back. The most important play is the next play, so I just try to focus and move on." Great hands. 

Great ball skills. "[The Coaching staff] helped me a lot," Etta-Tawo said. "Syracuse has one receiver coach. But if you look at the coaching staff, there's at least five receiver coaches, some receiver gurus. They know all the techniques and fundamentals you need to be successful, so it's just good to learn from those guys." He can reach up and catch the ball over the helmet of the CB. 

The more I watch him the more I like him. "It felt good, but I was more concerned with the first rep," Etta-Tawo said at the Senior Bowl. "I didn't do the techniques I've been taught, so I just try to correct it the next time. Even with the catch, there's still things I can improve with the release and stacking the DB first earlier to give myself I chance to make the play." He has a great inside move. 

Great burst off the snap. "There were a lot of things I could have done better," Etta-Tawo said. "With it being the first day, we have an opportunity to come out tomorrow and polish some things that weren't as crisp as they need to be." He gets open right off the snap inside. 

Career Overview: Joined the Orange in 2016 as a graduate transfer from the University of Maryland after spending four years, including a redshirt season, with the Terrapins ... Authored the most prolific receiving season in Syracuse history, setting 10 Orange receiving records in his one year on campus and being named to four All-America teams ... Teamed with Ervin Philips to set the ACC season record for most pass receptions by a pair of teammates (184). Etta-Tawo had 94 catches and Philips snared 90 ... Participated in the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl ... One letter
Senior Year (2016): Started all 12 games at outside receiver and was installed as a team captain after the season ... Earned All-America honors from Sporting News (2nd team), the Associated Press (3rd team), Phil Steele (4th team) and Athlon Sports (4th team) ... All-ACC First Team selection (Media, Coaches) ... One of the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's outstanding receiver ... Rated the 15th-best player in college football and No. 2 among receivers by ESPN ... SI.com Midseason Second Team All-American ... ECAC All-Star ... Three-time ACC Receiver of the Week ... Established SU single-season records for receptions (94), receiving yards (1,482) and receiving yards per game (123.5) ... His 94 catches ranked seventh on the ACC single-season ledger, while his 1,482 yards and 123.5 yards per game were both second in conference single-season history to Torry Holt's marks of 1,604 yards and 145.8 yards per game for NC State in 1998 ... ACC leader in receptions per game (7.8), total receiving yardage, receiving yards per game and touchdown catches (14) ... Eighth in the FBS and second among Power-Five players in receiving yardage behind Oklahoma's Dede Westbrook (1,524) ... Third to Clemson's Mike Williams (98) and North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (96) for the most receptions by a Power-Five receiver ... Sixth nationally in receiving yards per game and seventh in receptions per game ... His 14 touchdown catches tied Tommy Kane's 1987 Syracuse season record ... Led all ACC receivers with a school-record seven 100-yard games, including a team-record five in a row to start the season ... Third player in ACC history with two 200-yard receiving games in the same season, joining Holt (1998) and Florida State's Craphonso Thorpe (2003) ... Fourth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (123.5) and fourth in scoring by non-kickers at 7.0 points per contest ... Averaged 15.8 yards per catch ... Had 18 receptions of 25+ yards and 10 of 40+ yards, including eight TDs ... Made his Syracuse debut in the season opener versus Colgate (9/2) and caught 12 passes for 210 yards, including a 43-yard TD on the first reception of his Orange career, to earn ACC Receiver of the Week honors ... Against Louisville (9/9), had eight catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns ... Made eight receptions for 123 yards versus USF (9/17) ... Tallied 12 receptions and set the SU single-game record with 270 yards receiving and two touchdowns at Connecticut (9/24). His yardage total was the top single-game figure in the ACC in 2016 and eclipsed Scott Schwedes' previous SU record of 249 yards against Boston College in 1985, a mark that stood for more than 30 years ... Earned his second ACC Receiver of the Week honor for the performance ... Served as SU's offensive captain and tallied his school-record fifth consecutive 100-yard game with seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown versus Notre Dame (10/1) ... At Wake Forest (10/8), made four receptions for 36 yards ... Had five catches for 54 yards in SU's 31-17 victory over Virginia Tech (10/15) ... At Boston College (10/22), totaled 144 yards on 10 catches, including a 68-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter to help seal a 28-20 victory ... Had nine catches for 84 yards at Clemson (11/5) ... Made four receptions for 88 yards, including a career-long, 81-yard touchdown reception against NC State (11/12) ... Two catches for 58 yards versus Florida State (11/19), including a 46-yard Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half ... As a game captain at Pittsburgh (11/26), made a career-high 13 receptions for 178 yards and set the Syracuse single-game record with five touchdown receptions to earn his third ACC Receiver of the Week award. His five TD catches tied Holt's ACC single-game record, and his 30 points scored against the Panthers were a conference season high

9.6

110

*Elijah Qualls- 6-1, 321, #11

DT

Washington

01/2016: Qualls has declared for the Draft. "Pros: I won’t be broke. Cons: I know it’s more of a business than the family thing we got here. I’d miss these dudes, man," Qualls said. "I honestly didn’t even think I was going to make it to college. And now I get to actually think about going to the pros if I want to go and people want me to go. Yo, that’s crazy." He is bit of an oddity.

John Ross, Budda Baker, and Sidney Jones also declared. "These four players have been a big part of the progress this program has made during their time here," UW HC Chris Petersen said. "We wish them all the success in the world as they pursue their professional goals." Their defense is taking a big hit from this Draft, which includes senior LBs Psalm Wooching and Joe Mathis, and senior CB Kevin King.

10/2016: Qualls can be a bit of an odd guy. "I like to talk during practice, but I’m not really like yelling at the team or anything like that," Qualls said. :I like trying to get in other people’s heads. I try to get in the offense’s head all the time. Aside from giving them the best look I possibly can by doing the best I possibly can at what I do, helping them get their mental game prepared is my other way of trying to get our offense better." But he is a good team guy. 
He has some growing up to do. "Elijah is a great player, but he still has some maturing to do," said former UW DT Taniela Tupou said. "Mature as in being that guy. Be a guy that everyone knows he’s the one that is going to step up and take things by the handle and be able to lead them. He’s a phenomenal player and a great guy. I just think he needs to step up and take the reins." But he is a freak athlete who reminds me of a bigger Mario Edwards.
Every team needs guys who love to practice and can make it fun. "We’re not out here just to make ourselves better," Qualls said. "This is a team game. If me helping somebody else, even if that means making them take my job, we’d still be winning and I’d be absolutely fine with that." But you have to like his personality.

2016: Has started each game so far ... two tackles, including a 16-yard sack, in the win over Rutgers ... three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, in the win over Portland State ... recorded six tackles, including one for loss, in the win at Arizona ... made five tackles in the win over No. 7 Stanford ... earned the team's lineman of the week award for the Stanford game ... three tackles in Washington's 70-21 win at Oregon ... one tackle in the Oregon State game ... made four tackles in Washington's victory at No. 17 Utah ... credited with three quarterback hurries in the Husky victory at Cal ... made three tackles against USC ... notched a nine-yard sack in the win over Arizona State ... two stops in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... two tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Colorado.
2015: Played in 10 games, starting eight ... had started each game this season until sitting out the Utah, Arizona State and Oregon State games with injury ... started the season opener at Boise State, where he made six tackles ... made two tackles vs. Sacramento State ... notched two tackles in the win over Utah State ... four tackles, including two sacks (for 13 yards in losses) vs. California ... two tackles, including a sack, in the Huskies' win at USC ... four stops vs. Oregon ... three tackles, including half of a sack, at Stanford ... one stop in the win over Arizona ... returned to action in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... two tackles, including a sack, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Southern Miss.

9.6

127

Corey Clement-  5-10, 220, (O) 4.68, 28.5" Vert, 9'5" Broad,  

RB

Wisconsin

01/2017: Nice receiver out of the backfield. "I’ve appreciated what he’s done and I know Corey’s played a lot of snaps and been a significant part of this team, and yet, it’s kind of well-documented, his role will be different," Chryst said. "I think he’s done everything to this point in preparing himself for that role, instead of sharing a backfield with Melvin, he’s the clear No. 1 back for us. I think he’s excited about that opportunity. I’ve been impressed with the way that he works and preparing himself as best as he can, and we’ll try to help for the mental part of being that featured guy." He can get hit at the line with power, and get low for three or four.

He can beat LBs easy in passing game. Constantly improving in pass pro. "I never got the hype on Corey Clement," an anonymous scout said. "He's a bull-in-a-china-shop back. I mean, he runs hard, don't get me wrong, but playing in the NFL is about more than running hard. I see him as just another back." I like the way he runs. He can make a guy miss in the hole.

I love this kid in the passing game. "By going through that game [Michigan ST] and not getting dinged and coming out healthy I think he has taken a step forward," Settle said. "We’re hoping this week he is able to take another step and we get to see the old Corey Clement." He plays dinged up, which you have to do in the NFL.

He showed he could block in pass pro, and catch the ball through a heavy hit by an LB over the middle at the Senior Bowl. "He’s got quick feet and some burst," an anonymous scout said. "He could be that guy after a couple games if he popped off a few runs in a reserve role and your starter went down." You give him the ball, and he just follows his blockers for more yards than you think he should get.

Career: Played in 43 games with 15 starts … part of winningest senior class in school history, posting a record of 41-13 (.759), including a 26-7 (.788) mark in Big Ten play ... rushed for 3,092 yards to finish career ranked 12th on UW career rushing list ... recorded 576 carries, averaging 5.37 yards per attempt to rank No. 8 all-time in rushing average ... finished career ranked No. 9 all-time at UW in rushing touchdowns (36) and total touchdowns (38) ... caught 29 passes for 279 yards and 2 TDs … as a freshman in 2013, ran for 547 yards as Badgers’ No. 3 back behind James White and Melvin Gordon ... rushed for 949 yards and nine TDs as Gordon’s backup in 2014 ... combined with Gordon to set single-season FBS record for rushing yards by teammates at 3,536 yards (breaking record of 3,053 set by Gordon and White in 2013) ... slowed by injury as a junior, playing in just four games … recorded 15 100-yard rushing games, tying for the 11th most in school history ... selected for Senior Bowl.

9.6 RB

128

Caleb Brantley- 6-2, 303, #57

DT

FLA

08/2016: Amazing job taking an outside rush and jamming the ORG into the ORT, and essentially setting a power pick for the DE to fly around the edge almost untouched. "He can dominate a game, but sometimes he's his own worst enemy," McElwain said. "He's so hard on himself." Super competitor.
Great power rusher inside. Elite burst inside on run downs. "He's a hardcore competitor," Smith said. "He doesn't like to lose a play. He doesn't like to lose a drill. He doesn't like to lose at all." He has that competitive fire you need to play well in the NFL. 

Tennessee got the ball inside the Five at the Three, and he burst through the 3-gap like Sapp, and smashed into the RB at the 7. "He disrupts everything," Bryan Cox said. "That's not really a stat you can count." He consistently gets into the backfield.

He got a hit on the QB against Tennessee with a great burst into the backfield. "He has such tremendous takeoff," FLA DC Collins said. "Such a violent explosion into the backfield. That's a dangerous combination." He hit Dopson as he threw. It made him to pop the ball up a little, and caused the Interception.

When his technique is right, his athletic abilities take over and he can look unstoppable. "When it's time for somebody to block him, good luck," Jarrad Davis said. "That man knows what he wants and he's not going to be stopped." If he has a great off season he could go in the 1st Round.

2015: Appeared in 13 games, starting 10…named to Pro Football Focus’ Second Team All-America…Tied a career high with six tackles against LSU…2014: Played in all 12 games and started at defensive tackle in the bowl victory over East Carolina… Totaled 21 tackles with 4.0 tackles-for-loss… Had three quarterback hurries… Forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble… Posted three-or-more tackles five times on the season, with a career-high four at Alabama… 2013: Did not see any action and redshirted… Earned Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Award… Named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll.

9.5

129

Nate Peterman- 6-3, 225, #4

QB

Pittsburgh

01/2017: He has great eyes. "The thing that jumps right off the bat is their ability to process this information and go through the progressions," Bears OC Loggains said. "And there haven't been a lot of busts. We're still in the process of figuring these guys out." I would rather have Peterman in the 3rd than any of the other QBs in the 1st. He does not have an elite arm, but it might be good enough. It is the difference between Brain Hoyer and Rich Gannon. 

"I think we’ll know more by the end of the week and certainly after the game," Phil Savage said. "I think (former UT and Pittsburgh quarterback) Nate Peterman has a golden opportunity to showcase what he can do. He has timing in his feet and his arm, and he has a good head on his shoulder in terms of anticipation and timing. I think he is probably in the best position going into the week."

He was coached by the Bears coaching staff at the SB. "It was a great experience being in the meeting rooms," the HC of the CB said. "Being around the guys, getting to know them. It gives you tremendous insight." He will be available to Fox in the 3rd. He started the first practice at the Senior Bowl. Very hard worker. Best QB in Senior Bowl practices.

Throws with great timing in a very complicated system. "I don't want to call him a safe pick, but he's a guy you draft and he's not going to be the guy you go, 'Why is he on the roster?'" QB Coach Mastrole said. "He has the ability to win games and not just be a guy out there to fill a void. When you start delving into protections, knowing where to go with the football and understanding offensive concepts, and I'm not talking about spread concepts, I'm talking about really understanding how to attack defenders, leverage, numbers, he has a great sense of all of that." He took the biggest hit I ever saw a QB take, and then complete a pass on the next play, on 3rd down. The receiver caught it, but didn't convert. 

Then Peterson went to the sideline and never came back into the game. "During the fall, Nate was the senior quarterback that had that a quiet buzz under the radar, so to speak," Phil Savage said. "There were a lot of scouts who told me, 'the quarterback at Pitt is really interesting.' He was essentially an automatic invite to come here. He has timing in his feet and his arm and his eyes. In the NFL, you’ve got to be a quick decision-maker and I think he can do that." I want that kid on my team. 

12/2016: This guy can really take a big hit, and then get up and complete a pass. "I learned to have tough skin and just overcome adversity and have confidence in yourself," Peterman said. "I think that’s pretty important. You just try to go out there and be yourself and be the best player you can be. I think if you start focusing on everybody else, you get off track a bit." He can step back in the face of pressure and throw the touch pass to the third level down the sideline. 

He runs a wacky offense where he is expected to do a lot of different things mentally. It is not a shotgun/Option offense. It is actually a Prostyle offense where the HC adds a ton of trickeration and misdirection. He took a vicious hit against Clemson that was so hard it hurt me. He got up and completed a pass two plays latter. In the 3rd, against Clemson, he took a double shot from two rushers that took him off his feet, and the safety swooped in helmet first into the ball to cause a fumble and hammer Peterson to the ground. After Pitt got the ball, three plays later he threw the a beautiful ball to the WR going down the sideline, and Tankersley had to grab him to prevent the touchdown. He is so good at getting extra time with his feet in the pocket. He throws an excellent pass when he has to bail out of the pocket.

09/2016: He was a transfer from Tennessee. "My time at Tennessee was tough, but it made me who I am today,” Peterman said. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way because I think it’s made me a great player. I learned how to overcome adversity and to have thick skin. I learned to focus on football." He plays so smart on the field.

2015: Enrolled at Pitt in June as a graduate transfer from the University of Tennessee...played in all 13 games, starting the final 11 contests at quarterback...completed 61.5% of his passes for 2,287 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions...finished second in the ACC in completion percentage, third in touchdown passes and fourth in passing efficiency (138.57)...engineered a 45-34 win over Louisville by completing 64.7% of his passes (22 of 34) for 232 yards and a career-high four touchdowns...each of his TD strikes against the Cardinals occurred in the second quarter...completed 70.8% of his passes (17 of 24) for 222 yards and two TDs in a 26-19 win over Virginia...led Pitt to a 31-28 victory at Georgia Tech, completing 66.7% of his passes (14 of 21) for 162 yards and three TDs...also averaged 6.2 yards per rush (31 yards on five carries) against the Yellow Jackets...after coming off the bench in the initial two contests, Peterman made his first Pitt start at Iowa...overcame two first-quarter interceptions to complete 68.9% of his passes (20 of 29) for 219 yards and two TDs against the Hawkeyes...his finest moment at Iowa occurred in the final quarter when he led a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that featured two fourth-down conversion passes and an eight-yard scoring strike (to Tyler Boyd) that tied the game with 52 seconds left...threw for a career-high 262 yards on 27-of-42 passes (64.3%) with one touchdown against North Carolina...rushed for a career-high 60 yards on eight carries (7.5 avg.) against Notre Dame.

9.6 (Arm)

130

Nazair Jones- 6-5, 295, #90

5-T/DT

UNC

01/2017: He has added 40-pounds of muscle in his three years at UNC. "He has overcome great physical adversity and improved tremendously since he came into the program in 2013," UNC HC Fedora said. "This season he was the leader of our defensive line and someone everyone on the team respected." He has some exceptional athleticism.
He will line up on the OC and shade him to either side. It’s been a pleasure coaching Naz throughout his career at UNC and watching him grow as a person both on and off the field," Coach Larry Fedora said. “He has overcome great physical adversity and improved tremendously since he came into the program in 2013. This season he was the leader of our defensive line and someone everyone on the team respected. I believe he has a bright future in professional football if he continues to work hard and focus on being the best he can be." It will be all about the Combine for him.
He will line up at 3-Tech, and the ORG and OC will double him. "I grew up a Carolina fan," Jones said. "I always had some connection. It's where I always wanted to be. It's crazy. I could see Kenan Stadium from my hospital room. I was on the outside looking in. And I got to be in that stadium, not in that hospital bed. Amazing." You have to root for this kid. 
He is an amazing athletic freak. "A lot of it is mental, too," Jones said. "So I always keep a positive attitude about it. Giving yourself a shot is really weird, at least it was in the beginning. I'm not afraid of needles or anything. But it was just weird giving yourself the shot instead of a doctor doing it. We keep it in the training room because it has to be refrigerated. I go by once a week. There's a button you push on it. Hold it down 16 seconds and you are on about your business. I did it in the right leg this week. You do it on your thigh, where there is more meat. Next week I'll do it in the left leg. You just wipe your leg with an alcohol pad, stick it in there, wipe with an alcohol pad again and, boom, you're on your way." Scary stuff.
He has not been the sum of his parts on the field yet. "It's amazing," Jones said. "I'm sitting here right now as we talk looking out on Kenan Stadium. Lot of memories; great memories. It's crazy to see it all end. It has been everything I imagined, everything I dreamed. The people. The family atmosphere. Us creating a new direction for North Carolina football. It's been a grind. But Division 1 football is a grind. And it's been wonderful." If the medicals check out at the Combine he could go Day Two.
He has overcome a lot, and showed some great character along the way. "Monday is our one day off," he said. "I take a group of the guys each Monday to the Ronald McDonald House and we help out. It's just a little token of my appreciation. I've been given this stage through football and it's only right that I give back. We do yard work, we helped build a small playground out back, one time we cooked dinner for them. Not that we are great cooks but we just had spaghetti and garlic bread and salad and made some brownies for them." He might have to wait until Day Three to be drafted.

9.5X

131

Jeremy Sprinkle- 6-5, 256, #83

TE

Arkansas

01/2017: He had a lot of trouble down at the Belk Bowl, and was suspended for the game. He has a ton of experience blocking. "Last year, I was backup tight end, and most of my playing time came from routes and things like that," Sprinkle said. "I feel like I’ve really proved that I can block." He has some nice moves out in space in pattern. 

He can dive out and get his hands on a badly thrown ball. He has some Character Concerns. Terrific blocking in pass pro. This guy throws every kind of block you need an old school tight end to throw, and he has some of the softest hands in the Draft. Because of his CC, someone is going to steal this kid in the 3rd, or on Day Three. On the field he is one of my favorite players in the Draft. Off the field, he is too immature to take on Day Two. Plus, with all the tight ends in this Draft, teams looking for a TE late will have the leverage and be able to wait. 

11/2016: Excellent blocker. I don't know what his speed will be, but I was impressed by his ability to catch the ball at Arkansas. He can really block in the run game. He only garnered 33 receptions for 4 TDs. 

He played with a bad ankle all season. "I give him a lot of credit," Bielema said. "I know there were times with the training room where they’d say, 'I don't know if you're going to get him for a couple of weeks or three weeks,' or whatever it was, and he’d be practicing on Wednesdays. He’d do well, and then there’s certain times during the games where he’d get nicked or something like that. And he’d fight like crazy when we tried to pull him out. He just wanted to be out there." His ankle really effected his speed. 

09/2016: He was suspended from the Belk Bowl for shoplifting. "Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly," AR HC Bret Bielema said. "Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback." It was for character suspension.

Senior (2016): Became Arkansas’ all-time leader for receiving touchdowns by a tight end with 11 … Started 11 of 12 games played … Ranked tied for second among SEC tight ends with four touchdowns, fourth in yards (380) and fifth in receptions (33) … Had a catch in all 12 games played and three or more eight times … Total of 18 of his 33 receptions resulted in a first down … Hauled in a 20-yard pass in seven of 12 games, including the last four he played … One of two tight ends in the nation to score a TD in each of the first three weeks of the season and the first Razorback to do so since 2005 … vs. Louisiana Tech (Sept. 3): Hauled in the game-winning touchdown with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter … at No. 15 TCU (Sept. 10): Set a season-high with 58 yards receiving on three receptions, highlighted by a 19-yard TD on third down in the first overtime … vs. Texas State (Sept. 17): Made it three straight games with a TD reception … vs. No. 1 Alabama (Oct. 8): Broke the program record for receiving TDs by a tight end in the first quarter on a 24-yard pass play.

Junior (2015): Led all SEC tight ends with six receiving touchdowns, good for a tie for ninth in the FBS … Finished with 27 receptions for 389 yards … Equaled the program single-game record and tied for the most touchdowns by an FBS tight end in 2015 with three against Mississippi State … All six touchdowns came over the final seven games of the season … Ranked 12th among FBS tight ends with at least 20 catches with 14.4 yards per reception average … Hauled in a catch in 10 of 13 games … Had 16 receptions of at least 10 yards, including seven of 20 yards or more … vs. UTEP (Sept. 5): Hauled in two receptions for 60 yards, highlighted a season-long 42-yard catch … at No. 8 Alabama (Oct. 10): Led Arkansas with four receptions for 41 yards … vs. Auburn (Oct. 24): Scored first career touchdown on a 23-yard pass in the second quarter and had a clutch catch for a two-point conversion in the third overtime … vs. UT Martin (Oct. 31): Made it two straight games with a touchdown, hauling in QB Austin Allen’s first career TD on a 35-yard pass in the fourth quarter … vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 21): Caught a career-high six passes while becoming just the second player in program history with three touchdown receptions in an SEC game … Scored a touchdown in the second, third and fourth quarters … vs. Kansas State (Jan. 2): Finished with four catches for a career-high 81 yards and a touchdown, including grabs of 41 and 20 yards, respectively … Last reception of the season was a six-yard touchdown.

9.6 CC

132

K.D. Cannon- 6', 180, (U) 4.42, 

WR

Baylor

08/2016: Small speedster WR who plays in that wacky spread system that Baylor has. Boise St couldn't even come close to touching him never mind actually covering him. He has has elite speed and quickness out in space. He had 14 catches for 226-yards and 2 TDs in their Bowl game. And he had a few catches where it didn't even look like he was going full speed. He will need to learn to run NFL patterns. 

He has declared for the Draft. "As a father, all of my decisions, now, are made with the best interest of my children and family in mind," Cannon declared. "So, through much prayer and consideration, I have made the exciting decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft." I kind-ah like that declaration.

2015 Season: Third-year junior and returning two-time All-Big 12 receiver... Speedy and silky-smooth runner, owner of six school records (set in breakout true freshman season in 2014)... Squad's most experienced receiver... Enters 2016 ranked third all-time on school's career yards-per-game (73.0) and fifth in yards-per-reception (17.57) lists... Also ranked 11th in career TD receptions (14), 13th in career receiving yards (1,898) and 16th in career receptions (108) entering 2016... Enters 2016 season with 26-game reception streak (every game of career)... Six career 100-yard receiving games ranked 10th at BU entering 2016... Projected 2016 All-American by Athlon (third team) and Phil Steele (fourth team)... Named "Most Dangerous Deep Threat" in Big 12 by Lindy's and "Fastest Receiver" in league by Sporting News... Topped 1,000 receiving yards in explosive 2014 Freshman All-American season... Clocked at 4.46 in 40-yard dash... Measured at 40.0 in vertical jump and 10-feet, eight inches in broad jump... Also ran sprint distance for Baylor track in spring 2015, helped 4x100 relay team make NCAA Championship field... Named to fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

9.6

133

Bucky Hodges- 6-6, 245, #7

WR/H-Back

V-Tech

09/2016: Nice target outside. DBs have to grab and hold him because of his size. Terrific inside release when lined up in the slot. Has a knack for finding  the hole in the zone. Nice outside release when lined up outside. He can get the OLB's outside shoulder, and leave a big hole down the sideline for his QB to throw into. He will grab the defender too much when he is judging where the ball will go. Still learning to adjust to the bad throw in the air.  

Freak athlete running with the ball in his hands. "Whatever route is run from two yards out of the line of scrimmage is completely different five yards or from an outside receiver’s perspective," his TE coach Bryan Stinespring said. "The coverage changed. The leverage has changed. The more he can get acclimated to the different type of leverages he gets outside, as opposed to inside the hashes or whatever, I think benefits him." He is still learning the game.

He played QB in high school, and was the 10th ranked QB coming out of high school. Redshirted as a freshman and worked as a QB and TE. He was moved to H-back fulltime in 2014. Weight room junkie who squatted 450-pounds as redshirt freshman in 2014. He is very tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. Runs with very interesting speed and strength. Kept singling up in blocks with Barrett against Tennessee in 2015, and seemed to win more than his fair share. 

08/2016: He has that knack for getting open "Bucky is a self-starter," Loeffler said. "He knows what he needs to work on, and every day, he's out there trying to become a great player, not a good player. I really like his attitude. That tight end role, those hybrid positions between [the FB] Sam and those tight ends, in my opinion, besides the quarterback, it's the most difficult spot in the offense [to learn]. There's multiple job responsibility. That's what causes problems for the defense. Those guys are lining up everywhere, but you still have to have great technique and be good in all your job responsibilities." He has to take the next step up this season from learning to reacting naturally.
He is an H-Back that they will run out of the backfield on option runs. "We just want to get him more accustomed to that and more comfortable, more natural, to be able to recognize things and play faster," Stinespring said. "There are times out there when they have to play exceptionally fast and they also have to know when they can balance out with some patience to set up routes. And you only do it by doing it over and over and over again." He will line up outside like a WR, and inside in the slot. 
He is not 6-7. "Throwing to a [6-7] guy is a heck of a lot easier than throwing to a 5-5 guy,"  his OC Scot Loeffler said. "Size, speed, quickness, strength, he brings all that to the table. That's why he's a special guy." He can get to the 3rd level and hit the Safety, but still struggles a little with sustaining blocks.

They like to motion him across the line, and then he can seal the DE inside with a nice block. "He's a physical dude," Malleck said. "He's not just a guy who's going to stretch the field. I think he gets involved in the running game with me, and I think we'll be able to have some mismatches against the defense." He has the size and hands to catch the ball through a DB. 
Terrific receiver in the slot and outside. "We’re putting him into some really tough, bad situations that we’re really not going to use," Loeffler said. "But we’re trying to see how far we can push him." He can line up in the slot, and get inside the OLB and seal him outside on a Dive. 

His blocking seems to get better almost every game. "That's always a telltale sign for me," Stinespring said. "That didn't start until this spring. Back in the fall, we really spent most of the time saying, 'What does he absolutely have to know right now?' You try to throw the whole gamut at him, for a guy who's never played the position, when does it become overwhelming? Now, he's getting a better feel for coverages and he's asking questions about coverages and he has a feel for what he's asking. He's more involved in our meetings now than he's ever been." He runs a nice short Out, under the WRs, and catches the ball naturally with his hands away from his body.
He scored the go ahead touchdown, on the road, against Ohio State last season. "Last year at this time, I was just worried about learning the playbook," Hodges said. "I just wanted a spot on the team, a position on the team. I was fighting for a position. I'm still fighting every day for a position, but I'm more comfortable. After last year, the game slowed down for me a whole lot. With the defenses, I know what they're trying to do now." He can get physical with the OLB at the point of attack on off tackle runs.

2015-16: A second-team All-ACC selection by the coaches ... A third-team All-ACC selection by the ACSMA ... Started all 13 games ... Logged 691 plays, logged 684 plays on offense and seven plays on special teams during the regular season... Had 40 catches for 530 yards and six touchdowns ... Ran five times for 27 yards and a touchdown ... Started vs. Ohio State ... Had two catches for 48 yards vs. Furman ... Had three catches for 11 yards and two touchdowns at Purdue ... Had five catches for 73 yards at East Carolina ... Had two catches for 42 yards against Pittsburgh ... Had two catches for 33 yards against NC State ... Had two catches for 41 yards at Miami ... Had five catches for 101 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Duke ... Had three catches for 34 yards at Boston College ... Had three catches for 31 yards at Georgia Tech ... Had six catches for 44 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina ... Had three catches for 34 yards at Virginia ... Had five rushing attempts for 27 yards and a touchdown as well as four catches for 38 yards in the Independence Bowl vs. Tulsa.
2014-15: A third-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA … A freshman All-American, as selected by USA Today … A first-team all-state selection by The Roanoke Times … Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts … Logged 678 plays, 612 on offense and 66 on special teams … Recorded 45 receptions on the season, the most ever for a freshman tight end at Tech … Receptions totaled 526 yards and six touchdowns … Also scored a touchdown on special teams … Caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut against William & Mary … Scored a touchdown in his first career start, finishing the Ohio State win with two catches for 21 yards … Made two receptions for 53 yards against East Carolina … Helped the Hokies convert a two-point conversion after the Michael Brewer touchdown, also adding a 4-yard reception against Georgia Tech … Went for 88 yards and touchdown on four catches against Western Michigan … Caught two passes for 30 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown grab at North Carolina … Had 55 yards on three receptions at Pitt … Caught four passes for 27 yards against Miami … Had 44 yards on five receptions, including a 7-yard touchdown grab, against Boston College… Scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on a 15-yard reception to start the fourth quarter, finishing the game at Duke with six catches for 57 yards … Had four receptions for 39 yards at Wake Forest … Became the single-season leader for catches by a tight end under Beamer as his four grabs surpassed the previous mark of 38 … Scored the game-winning touchdown against Virginia on a 9-yard pass from Michael Brewer and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the second quarter … Had three catches against Cincinnati in the Military Bowl … Squatted 450 pounds in spring max testing.

9.6

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Stacy Coley- 6-1, 195, #3

WR

Miami 

01/2017: Skipping Senior Bowl could keep him out of Day Two.

12/2016: Coley is a guy that I just like. "Stacy, he’s been working," Miami WR coach Ron Dugans said. "He's trying to be more of a leader. I challenged him, 'Look, you’ve got to lead.' I’m the coach. I coach you guys, I get you guys motivated and everything, but this is your segment. What’s our identity? I want him to be one of the leaders in that room" He took on more responsibility this past season as a senior leader.

He is catching the ball better through contact this year. "I’m glad I came back for another year with my brothers," Coley said. "I feel like I improved, especially with the tough catches that I made and just getting up afterward and not falling down and staying down." He looked a little stronger and tougher. 

He plays with terrific speed and passion. "I’m seeing him, and everyone else, just pushing a little bit harder and longer than maybe they’re used to," Richt said. " This is a team thing, not a Stacy thing in particular, but a lot of times you’re running a deep ball and in the end, the defensive back and the receiver go to the ground because the ball was short or somehow they get tangled up. Now, guys are starting to pop up off the ground and hustle back and run the next play, instead of laying there and assessing whether they’re too tired or something hurts. Just get up, come back to the huddle and play another down. We’re doing a lot better in that area as a team." He gets open in pattern better as well.

He knows how to run routes and has great hands. "You see that from seniors all the time, when they know it is coming to the end of their time, they start to take things a lot more seriously and go about their business differently than a young kid would," Kaaya said. "Stacy is definitely taking that business-like approach. He just shows up and gets to work. He has changed a lot since I first got here. I was a junior in high school when I first met Stacy. It is a night and day difference comparing who he was and who he is now and how much he has matured." He has shown improvement all season long.

He has showed a maturity this past season that everyone has recognized. "When we first got there, he would try and pull himself out after two or three plays," Dugans said. "I told him that you can’t get used to doing that for a game. He is out here for way more reps now. He is in much better shape and he is mentally tougher with how he pushes through getting tired. I am just slowly trying to help him become the player that he should be and helping him do those little things to be great." He has matured mentally at Miami.

He was behaving like a professional all season. "I like his maturity level off the field now more than it was in the spring," Dugans said. "When it comes to off the football field, he is going in and getting treatment even when he is not injured. He is getting massages and whirlpool. He is just taking better care of his body." He is also helping his teammates learn the game.
His Teammates took notice. “He is helping players get better and he is always telling me things that can help me get better," young WR Dayall Harris said. "I know that he has been playing since he was a freshman. So he has seen a lot and been playing against a lot of top competition." He is ready for the NFL.

I would take a chance on him at the end of Day Two. "On the football field, he is just being more vocal and more of a leader," Dugans said. "He is communicating a lot more with the younger guys and trying to be more of a vocal leader. He is trying to get on the JUGGS machine more. He is doing more extra than he does in the past." He will be playing in the East-West Shrine game. 

2016 (Senior)Saw action in all 13 games with 10 starts and served as one of Miami's top offensive playmakers...Earned third-team All-ACC recognition from both Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and ACC coaches...Led team with 63 receptions and ranked second with 754 receiving yards...Added nine receiving touchdowns and averaged 58.0 yards per game...Ended his career at Miami ranked second in career receptions (166), fifth in career receiving yards (2,218) and tied for fourth in career receiving touchdowns (20)...Ended career ranked sixth in career all-purpose yards (3,810)...Started season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and caught two passes totaling 13 yards...Hauled in first touchdown of season on four-yard reception in third quarter against Rattlers...Led team with four catches in start vs. FAU (Sept. 10)...Totaled 38 yards against Owls, including long reception of 13 yards...Tied for team lead with five catches in start against Appalachian State (Sept. 17), totaling 85 yards...Scored two touchdowns against Mountaineers, including one on 55-yard reception...Multi-TD performance was third of career and first since 2013...Led team with 75 yards on four receptions in start vs. Georgia Tech (Oct. 1)...Hauled in 31-yard TD pass to help seal win over Yellow Jackets...Moved into 10th place in all-time receptions with four catches against Georgia Tech...Recorded fourth multi-touchdown game of career and second of season in start against Florida State (Oct. 8)...Totaled team-high 80 receiving yards on seven receptions against Seminoles, including touchdowns of 21 and 11 yards...11-yard TD came with less than two minutes remaining in fourth quarter...Started and totaled 12 yards on two receptions against North Carolina (Oct. 15)...Led team with five catches in start at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)...Totaled 49 receiving yards against Hokies...Recorded game-high totals of seven catches and 81 yards in start at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)...Moved past Andre Johnson and Allen Hurns in career receiving yards with performance against Fighting Irish...Hauled in career-high nine receptions totaling 59 yards, including two touchdowns, in start against Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)...Rose to second in all-time receptions at Miami with performance against Panthers, moving past Michael Irvin, Santana Moss and Lamar Thomas...Caught two passes for 39 yards, including 32-yard reception, in win at Virginia (Nov. 12)...Totaled 54 yards on two receptions, including game-long 51-yarder, in win at NC State (Nov. 19)...Tied career high with nine receptions and totaled game-high 118 yards and one touchdown in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)...42-yard reception in third quarter was pass that made Brad Kaaya UM's all-time passing yardage leader...Tied for team lead with five receptions in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28), totaling 51 yards.

9.6

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*Isaiah Ford- 6-1, 190, #1

WR

V-Tech 

12/2016: He looked like a solid 1st round pick last season, but he was not good to start the season. "I think Isaiah possesses something that a lot of people kind of don’t have that as far as he’s hungry," V-Tech QB Evans said. "He knows how to high-point the ball, he doesn’t let the ball come to his body and he just wants the ball. All of [the WRs]) are hungry, but I don’t know. It’s something else. I really can’t put my hand on it. Some people have just got that something about them." He has the speed to play in the NFL.
He is also a good competitor. "It’s exciting," Ford said about playing against Cameron Sutton. "Your competitive nature wants you to play against the best because it brings the best out of you. I’ve watched the whole secondary to try to look for any type of small detail or advantages that I can gain or take away from that." He studies his opponents." He is a sooth glider outside.
2015-16: A first team All-ACC selection by the ACSMA and Coaches ... Played in 13 games with 12 starts ... Set a Virginia Tech single-season record with 75 catches ... Set a school record for touchdown catches in a season with 11 ... Became the first Virginia Tech player to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a single season ... Had 75 catches for 1164 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Ran seven times for 51 yards ... Had three catches for 61 yards against Ohio State ... Had five catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns at Furman ... Had six catches for 128 yards at Purdue ... Had eight catches for 95 yards at East Carolina ... Had two catches for 21 yards against Pittsburgh ... Had four catches for 39 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against NC State ... Had four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown at Miami ... Had nine catches for 67 yards against Duke ... Had three catches for 51 yards at Boston College ... Had five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown at Georgia Tech ... Had eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina ... Had six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown at Virginia ... Had a Tech bowl-record 12 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown vs. Tulsa in the Independence Bowl.

9.5

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*Corn Elder- 5-10, 180, #29

CB

Miami

01/2017: Very smart CB who understands position and technique. "He’s always in position and he never takes a play off," CB coach Mike Rumph said. "I’m seeing his total preparation. When the game gets started, he turns into another person, just mentally locked in and ready to go. I saw that transition in him. I’m hoping some of that wears off on some of our other players as well." He works hard on his craft, and improved mentally each season as well.
He is small and might have to be a Nickel, but he is tough and physical. "He’s fun to watch," coach Richt said. "Very physical at the point of attack. A lot of college football is played on the perimeter. A lot of balls are being thrown out on the flat, and he’s taking on blocks and seeing them and making form tackles. In blitzes, he’s coming off the edge for sacks, getting TFLs in the run game. He’s covering kicks and punts. Just doing a super job." He looks like he has the speed on the field to play in the NFL.
Understands team, and his role in the defense. "You can’t try to be a hero," Elder said. "You’ve just do what coach calls and the defense will work itself out." Nice job shadowing his man, and taking him out of the offense.

11/2016: He played better in 2016 "I think my game definitely improved a lot over the past year," Elder said. "I matured a lot, I learned a lot over the year from [coach] Rumph and [DC] Diaz. And I think overall as a person, I definitely matured." He's a quick twitch corner who can really move on the field.
Terrific knack for being there a the end of the pattern. "It is exciting. It has been a fun four years and hopefully we can end it off with a victory," Elder said. "It is always special when you can play your last game, in something like college. I’m excited for it." He is another guy whose game I just like. 
2016 (Senior): Started all 13 games and delivered dominant season, serving as one of Miami's top defensive playmakers...Earned first-team All-ACC recognition from ACC coaches and second-team All-ACC recognition from Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)...Tied for third on team with 76 tackles (55 solo)...Led team in pass breakups for second straight year (12)...Added 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks...Finished with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Started season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and recorded first interception of season...Picked off pass on Rattlers' opening drive...Added two solo tackles vs. FAMU...Started against FAU (Sept. 10) and recorded three solo tackles and first PBU of season...Second on team with seven tackles (six solo) in start at Appalachian State (Sept. 17)...Had 10-yard sack and one PBU in win over Mountaineers...Had three solo tackles and one PBU in road win at Georgia Tech (Oct. 1)...Dominant performance against Florida State (Oct. 8) included team high-tying six tackles (all solo) and one PBU...Set career high with 14 tackles (11 solo) in start against North Carolina (Oct. 15)...Added 2.5 TFLs (17 yards), one sack (12 yards) and one PBU against Tar Heels...Totaled six tackles and two PBUs in start against Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)...Started and had six tackles and one PBU at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)...Led team with nine tackles (six solo) and had one PBU in start against Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)...Delivered dominant start in win at Virginia (Nov. 12), finishing with five tackles (four solo), one sack (seven yards), forced fumble and fumble recovery...Started and totaled two tackles and two PBUs in win at NC State (Nov. 19)...Totaled six tackles (one solo) and one PBU in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)...Started and totaled team-best seven tackles (six solo) in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28).

9.6 (size)

137

*Davon Godchaux- 6-4, 295, #57

5-T/NT

LSU 

09/2016: He was suspended after a bizarre fight with his girlfriend over his cheating on her. He claimed he wanted to break up, and she claimed he refused to let here leave their apartment. But the charges were dropped. "We're happy the charges have been dropped. Davon is an excellent young man," Ed Orgeron said. "He'll return to the team today. We'll take it day by day. We'll make sure we have all of the information available before we make any other decisions, but he will be with the team today." Police said they dropped the charges because she kept changing her story.

But he is back and practicing with the team. "He's been practicing," ED Orgeron said. "It seems like things have cleared up. We still have a couple of discussions to make. It's a day-by-day basis but I think everything is looking pretty good." Also, apparently LSU fired Les Miles after the loss to Auburn. Godchaux was spectacular in that game. Ed Orgeron, who took over USC after Lane Kiffin was fired, has taken over for Miles. This might be the most bizarre situations I've seen scouting a college player.

First NFL Prospect Christian LaCouture has disappeared off the field. "Dirty work," Godchaux said about playing NT. "I salute Greg and Christian every day. That’s the dirtiest work. You’re not going to make too many plays in the nose. You’ve got to do the dirty work." He was supposed to replace LaCouture at NT, but he played mostly 5-tech against Auburn. 
But this kid can play. "Davon is an excellent young man," Orgeron said. "I've coached him for a couple years now." That has yet to be determined. 

09/2016: He ca line up at 4-Tech and bull the OG straight into the QB for a Sack. Against Auburn, he lined up at 4-tech. He shoved the OLG back into the QB as Key knocked the ball out of the QBs hand, and then he shoved the OLG out of the way recovered the fumble. TMIWTMIL. And that big play was against Alex Kozan, a 4th-year Junior who is a draftable player at OG.

"He's a talented guy, a natural defensive lineman," Les Miles said. "He has real flexibility size and strength. He jumped right in there and played, was very aggressive. Did the right things."

Nice job getting up field and turning the RB inside, and then hopping back to the line with a great quick burst. He will line up inside the OLT, and run around the outside of him when the QB rolls out to his side, and can get behind the OLT outside to sack the QB. He can really move for such a big guy. Not a lot of guys his size can move like that. He plays with his head up, and read the roll out fast enough on 3rd down to burst past the OLG, OLT, and RB blocking outside of him. And Auburn called the right play, LSU lined up with five of the front-six, in the their Nickel, on the strong side. He was really out on the Blindside by himself, with three blockers in front of him, as the QB rolled out to his side. He burst past the OLG, got his inside hand on the OLT, barely shoved him off as he ran past him, and sliced inside the RB for the amazing sack on 3rd and goal.

OUTLOOK: Two-year starter at defensive tackle who is set to compete as a nose guard in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's new system in 2016 … Has a tremendous work ethic and the desire to be a great football player … Great technique with a quick first step and is explosive to the ball … Reminds people of former LSU standout Glenn Dorsey … Disruptive talent who has accumulated 83 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and 6.0 sacks in 25 games played with 22 starts.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... A key reason why LSU ranked No. 3 in the SEC in rushing defense at 122.9 yards per game … Clogged the middle and pressured the quarterback throughout the season as he finished second on the team with 6.0 sacks and third on the squad with 9.0 tackles for loss … Recovered a fumble versus Texas A&M ... Picked up his fourth sack of the season at Ole Miss and added two quarterback hurries ... Recorded another tackle for a loss against Western Kentucky ... Tallied six tackles and one TFL vs. Eastern Michigan ... Leader on an LSU defense that limited Auburn to 260 total yards (160 rushing, 100 passing) … Had 4 tackles, 2.0 sacks for 5 yards in losses and batted down a pass in the 45-21 LSU win over Auburn … His two sacks were a career-best … Opened the season with five tackles and his first career sack for a loss of 12 yards at Mississippi State ... Matched his career high with 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech.

9.6 CC

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Vincent Taylor- 6-5, 315, 34 3/4" Arms, 26 Reps, 28.5" Vert, 9" Broad,

NT

Oklahoma

11/2016: Nice hands. He can be a technician with his hands. He can take on two blockers at the point shed them and make the tackle. When he guesses right he is a beast. Doesn't always show the best instincts. Stack and shed DT, who can shed quick with his hands once he reads it. Big Nose Tackle who is not going to win with finesse. When he is on, he burst upfield quicker than a guy his size should.

He skipped the last few games of the season because of concussions. He is a bit of a buyer beware player. He leads with his head into the OC too much. Very inconsistent. Great athlete with size. One of those freakish planet guys. He played better in 2015 than 2016. He played in the tough OK 3-4, where the DLs don't garner stats, but took on blockers.

You can watch him one game and wonder how he got in the Draft. "I think he'll be a back-end-of-the-roster type or a practice squad player," a scout said. " He has some ability, but I just don't think he's ever going to play with balance because he's too high-cut." Then watch another and wonder how he wasn't in Day Two. 

Combine: He is a big DT. A little long legged. He plays with some strength. Needs to stay and play low. Surprisingly nice feet in bag drill. Nice reaction. Great power and strength with his arms and upper body. Plants himself in middle and can torque OLs aside with his hands and upper body. "One of the strongest players on the roster ... Became a key performer on the defense in 2015 and projects as a team leader in 2016." He can get to either side of the OC, and bull him back into the QB. I'm not his biggest fan, but I think he got bad rap with the whole "get ready or the Draft" thing. Like Fournette and McCaffrey it was a medical issue that he was recovering from. 
2015 (Sophomore): His 48 tackles and 5.0 sacks were the highest totals for any interior defensive lineman during the Mike Gundy era (2005-present) ... Other than All-America defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, Taylor was the next most productive member of the Cowboy front ... Started all 13 games at defensive tackle ... Tallied 8.5 sacks on the year, including one of Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly in the Sugar Bowl played in his original hometown of New Orleans ... Also broke up a pass in that game ... Was effecive on special teams and blocked a PAT attempt in OSU’s 49-29 win over No. 5 TCU ... Recovered a late fumble at Texas Tech to help seal the Cowboys’ win ... Had 30 solo stops on the year ... Had at least one tackle in every game and at least five tackles in five games, including a career-high nine in OSU’s overtime win at West Virginia.
2014 (Freshman): Played in 10 games on the year ... Recorded 13 tackles (10 unassisted) and one tackle for loss on the year ... Notched three tackles against both Missouri State and TCU.

9.7

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Anthony Walker- 6-1, 245, #1

ILB

N. Western 

12/2016: Very quick feet. Reminds me of Dannell Ellerbe. "One thing I didn't focus on was flexibility and mobility," Walker said. "Which is the biggest thing, especially in college where everybody's fast, everybody's strong. Being able to play laterally and stuff like that, that's definitely big for a linebacker, and I didn't focus on that until I came here." He moves around a lot and doesn't always accomplish much. 

Seems to spy the QB more than cover sometimes. Great job on the goal line. "He is 100 percent into being coached," his HC Fitzgerald said. "He’s a grinder in the weight room. He’s a true student of the game. He’s got great leadership skills. He’s got the functional speed and strength and change-of-direction agility you need." He can shuffle laterally into the hole, and catch he RB trying to leap over the top and drag him back short. 

Great eyes in the run game. Excellent LB against the run. One of the best. "Anthony’s got a target on him,” Fitzgerald said. "Anytime you come back from having the season that he had, everybody is going to get a hat on him and try to cut him down." But he can look like a chicken with his head cut off in pass defense sometimes.  

He is so fast chasing the  RB trying to go off tackle that he will fly by unblocked team mates and smash into the RB. "I’m incredibly proud of the career he has had so far," Fitzgerald said. "And I’m looking forward to him putting a big ol’ exclamation point on it as he moves forward." He is so tough for OLs to latch onto on the second level. 

They get their hands on him and he sheds quicker than you think is possible. He reads the blocks and burst into the hole as quick as anyone in this Draft. "He’s truly a three-way player." Fitzgerald said. "He’s great against the run. Great against the pass, and he has the ability to rush the passer." Great eyes, smarts, and instincts in the run game. 

Great ability to cut back extend his arms to push the blocker, and swoop into the RB. "I don’t usually make statements [of this sort], but I think he’s got the opportunity to be the best we’ve ever had here," Fitzgerald said. "And we’ve had some pretty good linebackers over the years." He makes blockers miss inside, and then runs all the way to the sideline to hit the RB and knock the ball out. I am sold on him. He will not make it out of Day Two.

2015: Redshirt sophomore: Breakout season ... All-American honoree by AP and Sports Illustrated ... Consensus First Team All-Big Ten ... Fourth in the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss ... That mark is the third most in NU single-season history ... Led the 'Cats in tackles (122) by more than 30 ... Notched 19 tackles in one game in victory at Duke and added 1.5 TFLs ... Has posted seven double-digit tackling efforts this season ...Took home a 14-tackle game and forced a fumble vs. Purdue ... Won Defensive Player of the Game honors after a 10 tackle, three tackle for loss performance in season opener vs. Stanford ... Collected 13 tackles and one tackle for loss in win at Nebraska ... Posted three tackles for loss and 10 tackles vs. Penn State ... Closed out the regular season with a career-high 3.5 TFL game at Illinois, winning Defensive Player of the Game ... Also added 14 tackles in the matchup ... Had lone interception in game versus Wisconsin.

9.5(LB) 

140

Malachi Dupre- 6-2 1/2, 196, (4.53-4.54), 39.5" Vert! 11'3" Broad!

WR

LSU 

09/2016: I have him underrated. I don't trust his hands. He caught the ball better in the second half of the season. A 4.5 is not a bad time for a guy his size. But he does drop the ball. He has everything you want in a WR, but he struggles to stay on the field. I don't trust his hands, but he can snap his hands up over his head and catch the ball in 3rd down. 

Louisville: He made a great one handed catch, and then taunted the DB for a terrible penalty. He does something great and then does something stupid.  His inconsistency seems to be mental sometimes. He has the size and the speed, and the knack for getting open. But he just doesn't have consistent hands. When he catches the ball with his hands away from his body he looks like an NFL WR. The more you watch him the more you want to like him. He runs nice patterns, and knows where to go to get open. When his hands are hot you have to double him he is so good at getting open in pattern. When he can snag it over his head, he has as big a catching radius as anyone in this Draft. Great height and long arms for a WR.

Miss ST: Not the best hands. But he can catch it. Nice feet on outside move. They moved him into the slot to help him catch the ball. When he holds onto the ball, he looks really good. Not very strong. Really struggles against Press. They had to move him inside to the slot, because he struggles to catch through contact. 

OUTLOOK: Big-play receiver who enters 2016 as a highly-regarded player at his position both in the SEC and nationally … Precise route runner with the ability to make the big catch … Has tremendous leaping ability and a knack for finding the football in the air … Enters his junior season on a streak of 12 straight games with at least one reception and has made at least one catch in 20-of-24 career games played at LSU … Has three career 100-yard receiving games … Holds 10 career starts, and in 24 total games he has made 57 catches for 1,016 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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*Jalen Myrick- 5-10,  200, (O) 4.28! 7.06 3-C, 4.22 SS, 10'4" Br, 37.5" Vert, 

WR

V-Tech 

12/2016: He is not the best CB prospect in this Draft, but he is tough and fast. "He's undersized to play outside and will likely move inside to the slot," a scout said. "Myrick has enough foot quickness and athleticism to handle himself as a slot corner, but he's very average as a tackler and his ball skills and pattern recognition aren't where they need to be. He has enough ability to stick around as a backup for a little bit, but he will need to improve his anticipation to make a mark in the league." In fact, he is the fastest. 

He played well at the East West Shrine game. "It went real well for me," Myrick said. "It gave me a chance to put film out playing the nickel. I played more the outside guy in college, so it gave me a showcase to show I can play inside at nickel. It's good to have that versatility." He opened some eyes there as well.

This is turning out to be the best Combine Group I have ever seen. Then a guy I don't know stepped up and run a 4.29. He can return kicks. He has the size of a nickel. But with that time he could play outside some. He has nice instinct in coverage. But most importantly he is a very tough kid. So he has a chance to be a good one. I like his pedal and hips. Better twisting hips to left than right. Showed some snap bailing. And high pointed the ball. I have some film work to do.

That time may run him into Day Two. "There's a number I'm trying to get to," Myrick said. "But I'm not ready to disclose that. I'm really expecting to see myself run really fast. Here, they see guys come in thinking they are a certain type of speed and they weren't, but when you really specialize in it, you have better teams looking at you." But this Draft is so stacked with DBs that the guy who just ran a 4.29 is not going in the first three rounds. 

He is a quick little fellah, but he is not a good tackler. He had over 1,000-yard returning kickoffs on 43 kicks. He has some muscle for a little guy. he can get physical and coverage, and sometimes a little too grabby. He only had 5 INTs in his four seasons at Minny. But he did have 20 PBU. Not bad in Zone coverage, he will punch guys as they run by. Terrific locking onto the WR, but he will miss runs because he is so focused on the WR.

He ran 100-meters in high school, and placed second in the State Final. That's probably were he got his track speed from that blew the Combine away. He ca high point the ball on the field, and knock it down. Runs effortlessly deep down field shadowing the WR. Gets caught on blockers. He has some stickiness in coverage, but doesn't play the ball well in the air enough. He will make any team that drafts him because he is a special teams maven.
2016  SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games • recorded 41 tackles, 11 pass breakups and one interception • returned 13 kickoffs for 287 yards and nine punts for 44 yards. Game-by-Game: Recorded five tackles, one tackle for loss and broke up one pass against Oregon State • returned three kicks for 84 yards, including 56 yards on the opening kickoff • returned two kicks for 45 yards against Indiana State • made three tackles against Colorado State • registered six tackles at Penn State • made one tackle and broke up two passes against Iowa • recorded three tackles at Maryland and broke up one pass • recorded four tackles against Rutgers and made one interception • made three tackles at Illinois • tallied three tackles and broke up two passes against Purdue • broke up two passes and made three tackles at Nebraska • made one tackle and broke up one pass against Northwestern • recorded six tackles at Wisconsin • tallied three tackles and broke up three passes against Washington State.

2015 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 10 games and started seven • missed three games due to injury • made 27 tackles (18 solo), including 3.5 behind the line of scrimmage • touted second-highest mark on team with three interceptions and returned one to the house for six points • recorded three pass breakups • returned 12 kickoffs for 257 yards (21.4 average) • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference coaches. Game-by-Game: Tallied three tackles and returned a kickoff 20 yards against TCU • registered four tackles, one interception, one pass breakup and returned three kicks for 71 yards at Colorado State • made four tackles and returned a kickoff 21 yards versus Kent State • totaled six tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, one pass breakup and returned a kickoff for 20 yards against Ohio • broke up a pass at Northwestern • tallied two interceptions, one of which was returned 27 yards for a touchdown, and added a tackle-for-loss at Purdue • registered five tackles with one coming behind the line of scrimmage and added two kickoff returns versus Nebraska • totaled 41 yards on two kick returns and made two tackles against Michigan • tallied .5 sack and returned a kickoff for 23 yards at Ohio State • recorded one solo tackle against Central Michigan.

9.5

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Isaac Asiata- 6-3, 323 (5.35. 5.44), 33 3/4" Arms, 35 Reps!

OG

Utah

07/2016: Very highly thought of college guard. He was all PAC-10??? Quick sort steps in kickslide drill. Not bad on right side. He is a big strong mauler who has to play in the phone booth. He played ORT, ORG, but found a home at OLG the past two seasons.

He was all PAC-12 in 2016. "Really tough guy. He has to harness all that nasty out on the field, but I loved what he did to Washington, which has some really solid talent up front. He never backed down once and I think he had a couple of those guys intimidated." Nice long arms for an OG.

UTAH: Two-time all-conference offensive guard won the Pac-12’s 2016 Morris Award and was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl team … four-year starter played in 45 games in his career … 43 starts included 39-straight starts his last three seasons … played in the Senior Bowl after finishing at Utah … redshirted in 2011 before going on a church mission.
2016: Second-team all-Pac-12 … Morris Award winner as the Pac-12’s best offensive lineman as voted on by the league’s starting defensive linemen … named to the AP All-Bowl team … started all 13 games at left guard … second on the offensive line in total plays with 928 snaps in 12 games (bowl stats were not kept) … led Utah with 13 cuts … season-high three cuts against Southern Utah, USC and Oregon State … scored a touchdown against USC after falling on a fumble in the end zone … invited to the Senior Bowl.
2015: All-Pac-12 honorable mention … started all 13 games at left guard … led the offensive line with 806 snaps (stats were not kept for the last two games) … second on the team with 18 cuts … four cuts against Utah State and Cal … played a season-high 92 snaps at Arizona.
2014: Played and started in all 13 games (7 at right guard, 6 at left guard) … was in 764 regular-season plays (stats were not kept for the Las Vegas Bowl) … had nine cuts … did not allow a sack in the first eight games.
2013: Played in six games with four starts at right tackle … led the team with eight cuts … 234 plays, one pancake block and two knockdowns … four cuts vs. Washington State and three cuts against Oregon.

9.6

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Conor McDermott- OLT 6-8, 310, R-SR, #68 

OLT

UCLA

01/2017: His inability to block the inside rush at Senior Bowl will knock him down to Day Three. 

10/2016: Not a bad kickslide. Tall guy, who is not fully formed physically yet. Plays with some speed and agility. I like how he moves backwards with his hands up and catches the rusher. When his hands are high and tight, he has a nice spin under move with his hands, to try and push the arms and body of the rusher up. He can get his hands on the 5-Tech, and power turn him slowly, and seal him inside on outside runs.

Teams need guys who can protect the blindside edge. I'd like to see him play a little lower more consistently, but he can protect the blindside edge. He has finesse hands, and will occasionally let his hands get outside when he is kicksliding against speed. Not a lot of experience, even though this is his fifth season at UCLA. Only seven starts coming into the 2016 season. 

09/2016: He has finesse hands, and shoves a lot. "I'm not even sure he was 235 pounds when he came to UCLA, maybe if he had something in his pockets, but I can tell you now that he's one of the best offensive tackles in the country," Jim Mora said. "He's worked for everything he's gotten and still has his best football out in front of him. Getting him back for another season was big for our entire team." Nice run blocker moving the DT sideways, but he can get a little high sometimes and loose his balance. 

He was an all everything high school basketball player. "I started thinking about it and knew I would have a better chance in football than basketball," McDermott said. "I loved basketball, but [coach] knew where my future was and wanted me to figure it out for myself." Not a lot of guys his size with the agility and toughness to play OLT.

He reminds me of Solder. "I was thinking that maybe they would keep me at tight end," McDermott said. "So I get there, and my locker number says 68. I'm like, 'OK, I'm a tackle,' but really, I was thankful that Coach Mora honored my scholarship, because I might as well have been a walk-on because they didn't know anything about me. I was just Kevin McDermott's little brother." Gets out to OLB and seals him on the move nicely. 

He does have some quick feet in kickslide. "We'd watched him run around on the basketball court and rebound and catch alley-oop passes, so we knew how athletic he was," Martin said. "It's no surprise to any of us that he's been as good as he's been in college as far as athletically. The only surprise is that he got up to 300-plus pounds and got his body big enough and strong enough to do it. That's a credit to him for working his tail off and always looking for a way to get better." He keeps his hands up nicely, but not always high and tight. 

2015: Starter in 12 games at tackle ... Second-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection (coaches) ... Team surrendered just 14 quarterback sacks, the second-lowest total in school history ... Helped pave the way on the ground for Paul Perkins, the third-leading rusher in school history and his second 1,000 yard season

2014; Saw his first career start as a blocking tight end against Oregon ... Started the last seven games of the season at left tackle. 2013: Saw his first game action as a reserve at offensive tackle. 2012: Did not see game action in his first year in the program and worked on the scout team in practice.

9.6

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Carroll Phillips-6-3, 242, S-1.64, (O) 4.64, 7.06 3-C, 10'3"Br, 33"A, 23 R, 30"V, 4.37 SS

OLB/PR

Illinois

01/2017: He showed he could run deep down field with the TE at the Senior Bowl. "I’ve liked Carroll Phillips since he’s been here," Lovie Smith said. "He's a guy that can rush. He's a legitimate outside pass rusher. He can create havoc on the outside. Just being able to maintain that type of play is what were looking for right now." He will have to get bigger and stronger in the NFL. 

He is too light to be a fulltime player right away, but he can play on 3rd downs as a designated rusher right away. "Everything that’s come his way is because of him," Smoot said. "He's always been a great player. I feel like he’s more confident and he’s out there just letting it go and feeling more comfortable on the field." His nickname since he was a kid is Wildman.

He has to add size and strength to his great burst. "Phillips showed his patented speed and quickness up the field rushing the passer as well as a good change of direction and lateral pursuit skills," Pauline said. "He also did a solid job dropping off the line of scrimmage in coverage drills and covered a lot of area. Though his ball skills need work, Phillips did not embarrass himself." 

Nice burst straight to the QB. "It means a lot to me to be a big part of the defense because now coach Lovie Smith is here," Phillips said. "My neck injury, coming back from that, that was a career-ending injury, so it means a lot to me. My family can come out here and watch me play. I can show off for the coaches, the strength staff for building my neck up to wear it needs to be. My neck is stronger than before." He is already a quick breeze around the corner.

He is a very hit or miss rusher, but when he hits he gets there fast. "You can see he's put some weight on," IU DL coach Phair said. "He's one of those guys who could run all day. You look at him, and he has no fat on him at all. He's just got like zero percent body fat on him. He can run. He's got juice off the edge. He's what you look for in that edge rusher." You have to get to the QB fast in the NFL. 

00/2017: He had to have neck fusion surgery where they fused a disk to his spine. "We got a machine down there that works on just your neck," Phillips said. "I was hoping for me having just a muscled neck. I told myself, 'When I get back on the football field, I won't be scared to hit anybody.' With a neck injury, a lot of people would be scared to hit somebody. But not me. That's all I like to do is hit somebody. That whole recovery process, I knew I just had to get better and get stronger." He kept it from the Illinois staff for four weeks.

2016 Senior: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts at defensive end. All-Big Ten first team (media), the first Illinois first-team selection since 2011. All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches). Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team. 56 tackles, 20.0 TFLs, 9.0 sacks, 3 qb hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery. Tied Simeon Rice (1994) and Moe Gardner (1989) for the fifth-most TFLs in an Illinois season (20.0). Seventh in the nation, second in the Big Ten in TFLs per game (1.7) during the regular season. 26th in the nation, fourth in the Big Ten in sacks per game (0.75) during the regular season. Second in the nation in solo TFLs (19) during the regular season. 12th in the nation in solo sacks (9) during the regular season. Fourth in the Big Ten in TFLs during conference game (11.0). Eighth in the Big Ten in sacks during conference games (5.0). 2.0+ TFLs in six of 12 games. Career-high 3.5 TFLs vs. North Carolina. Career-high 2.0 sacks vs. Western Michigan. Forced fumble at Michigan. Sack on the final defensive play to clinch the victory over Michigan State.

9.5

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